The United National Congress joins the rest of the national community as we mourn the passing of Elliot “Ellie” Mannette, known by many as the father of the modern steel pan. Ellie was a truly great son of the soil and patriot who dedicated his life’s work to the advancement of our national instrument.
His work saw countless innovations which have proven to be essential for the evolution of the steel pan. His unique style and passion has given us the instrument we know and love today.
As we are on cusp of celebrating our 56th year of Independence, it is a time where we can reflect on our accomplishments and successes as a nation. But we can also take the time to honour people like Ellie, whose love for the steel pan and love country has ensured that which is uniquely ours finds its place on the world stage.
In expressing his condolences and condolences on behalf of the United National Congress Chairman Peter Kanhai, himself a member of the pan family, stated, “I feel a sense of pride every time I see the work of Ellie Mannette on display and in use. We can honour him by honouring our national instrument which he loved so much.”
We thank Ellie Mannette for his 75years of tireless service to country through his work with the steelpan. We express our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and all who knew and loved him. Trinidad and Tobago indeed has lost a legend but his contributions and legacy will live on.