Welcome to steel pan (steel drum) information.com's listening library. Any genre of music can be played on the steel pan (steel drum)!
Traditionally, calypsos have been the most popular style of music played on the steel pan (steel drum) but the instrument is versatile. More and more persons are exploring different ways of using the steel pan and demonstrating that steel pan, like any other instrument can play any genre of music.
To listen to steel pan (steel drum) music of different genres click on the following links:
Section 1 - European Classical and Art Music
Section 2 - Calypso, Reggae, Ska and Bomb Tunes
Section 3 - Pop, Jazz and Latin Music
Section 4 - Contemporary Christian Music
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The sound of steel pans (steel drums) has changed over the years. As the pan maker's knowledge and technique improved so did the sound of the instrument. However the vintage steel pans from the 1950's and 1960's, still have a small but loyal following.
Listen to the following audio clips to hear the difference between vintage and contemporary steel pans
Song Title: Dalin
Style: Caribbean Folk
Song Title: That's What Friends are For
Performer: Church of the Ascension Steel Band,
1a Daisy Avenue, Kingston 6,
Composer: Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager
Type of steelband: Conventional steelband