Google Doodle is Celebrating Steelpan

Today, Doodle for Google is celebrating steelpan, which is a percussion instrument made of metal while created and influenced by Trinbagonians.

On this day, 71 years ago, in 1951, the Trinidad All-Steel Pan Percussion Orchestra (TASPO) performed at the Festival of Britain with a new music genre to the world by celebrating steelpan.

The inventing story begins when enslaved Africans were brought to Trinidad by colonialists in the 1700’s, they brought over their African heritage and traditions of rhythmic drumming with them.

The steelpan is the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago that is recognized as a source of “great pride and true resilience” for people as well as it is enjoyed in big and major concerts.

The new special “Celebrating Steelpan” Doodle artwork is created by artist Nicholas Huggins, which is now displayed on the homepage of Google in the United States, Canada, Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Iceland, France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Bulgaria, Greece, Sweden, Japan, and the United Kingdom.

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