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Dr. Pat Bishop of Trinidad and Tobago has passed

When Steel Talks extends condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the great Dr. Pat Bishop.  She was a true champion of the steelpan instrument, its music and of culture in general.  Dr. Bishop passed away on Saturday August 20 after collapsing at a high-level meeting of her peers in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, convened with the aim of furthering the country’s culture.

Many are sharing their thoughts, memories and knowledge of this irreplaceable individual and historic cultural activist in the realm of the steelband art form, and overall culture of Trinidad and Tobago.

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Yet another pan great moves on.  On behalf of the people in the Steelpan Initiatives Project, I also extend condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the great Dr. Pat Bishop. 


May God bless her soul.

A sad day for pan and pan women everywhere. Dr Bishop was legend and a true inspiration to many. She will be sorely missed. My condolences to her family, friends and colleagues.
Jean and I join the artistic and creative Caribbean community to mourn the passing of artist Pat Bishop.
The impact of her demise will be felt far beyond the Caribbean; we here in Trinidad & Tobago will feel the loss of an important cultural icon. Our deepest sympathy go out to her family relatives and friends; we share their loss.
Jean & Audley Sue Wing

Pantime Steel Orchestra extend our deepest condolences to the familyand friends of Dr,Pat Bishop

How can Trinidad and Tobago ever thank Pat Bishop? Mervyn and Jean Campbell send our deepest sympathy to her family and to the Lydian Singers.
Yet another great pan icon has passed on.I take this opportunity on behalf of the executive and members of the Katzenjammers Steel orch.  to extend condolences to the family of the late Dr Pat Bishop may her soul rest in peace. She would be missed.
It is certainly a sad day for Pan. She was a VIP to the Pan industry in T&T. Condolescence to the family.

A friend-a human being who had a real connection to the Arts--our thing, and yet could have held a high place in the world of colonial music, which she made ours as well. Sad, as we spoke on Thursday, with promises to meet soon. Deepest sympathy to Gillian and others of her extended family, with the Lydians, and her friends. Let us bear her well in our memory; let us mark the spaces she has occupied; and the routes she has paved for Pan.

In solidarity

I extend my condolences to the family of Dr. Pat Bishop. A true genius of the art form. May she rest in heavenly peace.
What a great loss for Trinidad & Tobago. No words can truly state the void created.  She died on her feet;.doing what she loved.  To Gillian, I know how you feel.  May God give you the strength to carry on.

So sad to hear about the passing of the great Dr. Pat Bishop.  My condolences to her family, friends and the Lydian choir.

She will be greatly missed.  May she rest in peace.

Deepest condolences and sincerest sympathies to her family and may her eternal soul R.I.P.



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