On July 26th, Google Doodle celebrates Steelpan, a musical instrument born from rebellion & resistance.

The doodle is illustrated by Trinidad & Tobago-based artist Nicholas Huggins.

Steelpan is an acoustic instrument originated in Trinidad & Tobago and looks like a big, silver metal drum  on a stand.

Steelpan was invented in the 20th century, but has origins dating back to the 17th century.

This instrument is made out of 55 gallon industrial drums which are used to ship cargo.

Google Doodle is celebrating the steelpan on July 26th because on this day in 1951, the Trinidad All-Steel Pan Percussion Orchestra (TASPO) performed at the Festival  of Britain.

This was a defining moment for Steelpan & Trinbagonians as it introduced the steelpan to the world as well as a brand new music genre.

Africans were taken to Trinidad as slaves in the 1700s & they brought their drumming traditions over with them.

Steelpan is played using a pair of straight sticks tipped with rubber on the end holding  two in each hand.

The steelpan is also the national instrument of  Trinidad & Tobago.