Everything Related to the Steelpan Instrument and Music
These early recordings from Casablanca Steel band demonstrates the arc in musical development of the steel pan from the late 1940s into the 1950s.
Originally from a 10" Disc recording from 1947, the first tune "Medley" features an early calypso hit from that era "Brown Skin Gal".
The second selection, "In A Calabash",was recorded in 1953. This was the "Road March" tune for Carnival 1950, and a version was most likely played on the road that year by Casablanca.
These are some of the earliest steelband recordings available. They are from the collection"Casablanca Steel Orchestra - Trinidad Steelband (1947-1953)" which features two ten inch DISC recordings by the "Casablanca Steel Band" from 1947, and the SaGomes albums "Casablanca Steel Orchestra" recorded in 1953.
As far as I am aware, the 1947 Casablanca recordings are the earliest known steelpan recordings.