The Caribbean Dictionary

abeng
A trumpet like instrument made from an animal's horn. It was traditionally used as a Maroon communication and ceremonial tool. It was...
A musical instrument used to produce a bass sound. It is used in scratch bands, and commonly made from automobile exhaust pipes.
A musical instrument constructed from a closed section of bamboo filled with rice, beans, peas.
A conch shell converted to a horn.
A form of music indigenous to the southern Caribbean which derives elements from soca and Indian Film songs. The music was created by...
A fast paced style of reggae music where deejays sing or rap over danceable music and rythyms. The lyrics tend to contain more sexual...
kachu
A trumpet like instrument made from an animal's horn. It was traditionally used as a Maroon communication and ceremonial tool. It was...

pan

The steel drum is a musical instrument originating in Trinidad and Tobago where it is also the national instrument.
One who plays the steelpans.
Music played during Christmas time, with a lot of Spanish influences
A traditional form of Garifuna Music. It has been infused with electronic instruments, along with turtle shells and drums. Most...
A traditional style of folk music performed using a handsaw and various instruments including the accordion and drums.
One of the first fully computerised riddims. The 1984 riddim, created by Wayne Smith and King Jammy, was released in 1984 along with...
The "Soul of Calypso". A style of music invented by Lord Shorty in the early 1970s in Trinidad and Tobago. It is a blend of African...
steelpan
Steelpans (also known as steel drums or pans, and sometimes, collectively with other musicians, as a steel band or orchestra) is a...
Tassa is a form of kettle drum, presumably of Persian derivation that was brought to the Caribbean by indentured Indian workers durin...
A fast tempo style of rhythmic music originating from the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique.