Tamboo bamboo

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Tamboo bamboo is a Caribbean percussion instrument (idiophone) created in the Caribbean, and is a notable precursor to the creation of steelpan.[1] Its name derives from the French word for drum (tambour) and the material from which the instrument is predominantly made from.[2] It is still played by carnival-goers in Trinidad today, although it was the dominant instrument at carnival at the turn of the twentieth century.[3]

Tamboo bamboo can also be in the form of a plastic version. This helps to create a more precise note or sound.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Jeffrey Ross Thomas, Forty Years of Steel: An Annotated Discography of Steel Band and Pan Recordings, 1951--1991 (Westport: Greenwood Group, 1992), xiv.
  2. ^ Encyclopedia of Percussion, ed. by John H. Beck, 2nd edn (Oxford: Routledge, 2013), p. 365.
  3. ^ Stephen Stuempfle, The Steelband Movement: The Forging of a National Art in Trinidad and Tobago (Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1995), 23.