Steelpan now legally recognised as T&T’s national instrument

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Steelpan now legally recognised as T&T’s national instrument

The steelpan will legally be known as Trinidad and Tobago’s national musical instrument following the passage of legislation in Parliament late yesterday.

In an update, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts said the Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts, Randall Mitchell, piloted the debate on The National Musical Instrument Bill, 2024 in the House of Representatives.

This Bill provides for the designation of the Steelpan as the National Musical Instrument of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

After being read a third time, it was passed in the House of Representatives.

Culture Minister Randall Mitchell said this legislation would protect against international infringement of our Steelpan rights and proprietorship, as it will “statutorily codify the universally accepted fact that the Steelpan is a product of our own people’s innovation and a significant element of our cultural heritage.”

“Congratulations, Trinidad and Tobago! History is in the making,” said the Ministry.