Ellie, a pan legend

TT – The superlatives flowed.

From pan icon and innovator to legend and musician extraordinaire, friends, colleagues and associates of TT-born Elliot “Ellie” Mannette were effusive, in their praise of the pan pioneer, days after his passing at hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia, US, where he had called home for many years.

In fact, so prolific was Mannette’s contribution to the development of the steel pan, it was recognised in an article in the New York Times on Friday.

The article, which also sought the views of TT cultural exponents on his contribution, quoted Kim Johnson, director of the TT Carnival Institute, as saying Manette’s greatest contribution was how he shared his knowledge generously, even before he left the island.

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