Music: Sounds from the Caribbean

Trinidad has no concert hall and no symphony orchestra, and few visiting artists ever get to Port-of-Spain, its capital, just off the coast of Venezuela. But Trinidadians may well be the world's most musical people. Out of prosaic newspaper headlines they created calypso songs, and out of such unmusical items as oil drums and automobile brake drums they created the world's newest musical combo, the steelband (pronounced steelbon in Trinidad). Both were invented with sure instinct for novelty and self-expression by Trinidad's Negro population.

Giant Mandolin. At 4 a.m. one day last week, the streets of Port-of-Spain were quiet, but an occasional...

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