Tamboo bamboo is a Caribbean percussion instrument (idiophone) created in the Caribbean, and is a notable precursor to the creation of steelpan. Its name derives from the French word for drum (tambour) and the material from which the instrument is predominantly made from. 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.
Tamboo bamboo can also be in the form of a plastic version. This helps to create a more precise note or sound.
- Jeffrey Ross Thomas, Forty Years of Steel: An Annotated Discography of Steel Band and Pan Recordings, 1951--1991 (Westport: Greenwood Group, 1992), xiv.
- Encyclopedia of Percussion, ed. by John H. Beck, 2nd edn (Oxford: Routledge, 2013), p. 365.
- Stephen Stuempfle, The Steelband Movement: The Forging of a National Art in Trinidad and Tobago (Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1995), 23.