Port of Spain, Trinidad: Thursday, August 30, 2018: The National Carnival Commission of Trinidad and Tobago (NCC) joins with the nation in remembering the life of Elliot “Ellie” Mannette - celebrated steel pan pioneer and stalwart- who died on August 29, 2018 at the age of 91.
Widely credited as one of the nation’s greatest steel pan musicians and cultural ambassadors, Mannette has received several national and international awards for his outstanding work in the field.
A Hummingbird Medal (Silver) and Chaconia Medal (Silver) recipient, he has also been at the forefront of the steel band movement in the United States for decades and received the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) National Heritage Fellowship Award in 1999, and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine in 2000. In 2003, Mannette was admitted to the Hall of Fame of the Percussive Arts Society of the United States.
The NCC joins with the nation in remembering Ellie Mannette, who championed the cause of our steel pan locally and across the world, and extends its deepest condolences to his family and loved ones during this difficult time.