THE INFLUENCE OF THE TASSA IN THE MAKING OF THE STEELBAND: THE EAST INDIAN CONTRIBUTION TO THE TRINIDAD CARNIVAL
This Article Discusses the East Indian Culture’s Contribution to the National Carnival Celebrations in Trinidad and Tobago. It Delves Into the Details of the African and Indian Traditions Present in Steelband Culture.
Quote: ” But the artefactual elements of the tassa is still visible in the steelband’s two sticks; metal cylinder; heat to provide tonal quality; posture of the musicians; and of late, the thong around- the-neck. The steelband is related, but does not belong, to the family of African or Indian drums. It is a product of Trinidad of which we, as Indo- and Afro-Trinidadians, should all be proud. ”
Tags: Cultural, Creole, Pluralism, Indigenous, Indian, Pot-Pouri, Hosay, Muharram, Ramleela, Tassa, Puncheon, Dee, Africa, Tamboo Bamboo.