Liberace and the Trinidad Tripoli Steelband

Hugh Borde, leader of the Esso Trinidad Tripoli Steelband, and Liberace, circa 1970. courtesy Emile Borde hide caption

Lost and Found Sound
itoggle caption courtesy Emile Borde

The steel drum musical instrument was first created in Trinidad, hammered from biscuit boxes, brake drums and oil barrels.

One of the biggest "steel pan" bands of the 1960s was the Esso Trinidad Tripoli Steelband, who gained worldwide fame when an unlikely patron heard their act and took them on tour.

Lost and Found Sound and the Kitchen Sisters present a story of calypso music, steel drums and flamboyant pianist Liberace.

Produced by The Kitchen Sisters (Nikki Silva and Davia Nelson) with Emile Borde and Laura Folger. Mixed by Jim McKee.

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