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Ellie Mannette - a When Steel Talks Exclusive Interview

A When Steel Talks exclusive interview with master steelpan tuner Ellie Mannette. Ellie Mannette, one of the key innovators of the steel band art form in 1940s-50s Trinidad, has been an artist-in-residence at West Virginia University since the early 1990s. VIDEO HAS BEEN MOVED...
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Comment by Anthony C. Gittens on March 20, 2012 at 1:21am

A very interesting interview with Dr. Ellie Mannette, thanks again WST for bringing the Pan history to the forefront .

Comment by Stephen Howard on March 3, 2012 at 6:36am

How can I get permission to air this on 99.5 fm WBAI radio in NYC and on 97.9 fm hd2 One Caribbean Radio where I host programs.  Thanks.  Stephen

Comment by Michaele on March 2, 2012 at 8:22pm

wow  THANKS WST !  Such a wonderful interview-video.  I have learned so much from WST !

Comment by odw on March 2, 2012 at 1:43pm

Thank you WST...Knowledge is Power.

Comment by odw on March 2, 2012 at 1:30pm

Thank you Ellie...you did it your way. Stradivarius of the Steel Drum.


Comment by Glenroy R Joseph on March 2, 2012 at 12:55pm

I'm pleased to hear the master credit the influences of other tuners like Bertie Marshall, Tony Williams and Allan Gervais who with Errol Moore worked with my band Silvertones of San Fernando.

I'm also impressed with his thoughtful overview on the state of the art form. Sadly, little has changed in the nine years since this interview took place, at least in T&T.

Also his technical knowledge of the science and art of pan tuning remains unsurpassed. 

I'm so  glad that this great interview is in the public record for posterity.

Comment by Glenroy R Joseph on March 2, 2012 at 12:34pm

Excellent interview with this icon of the steel pan art form.

Thank you, Pan Times.

Comment by Jeannine Remy on March 2, 2012 at 12:01pm

Nice to see this interview with Ellie online.

A book on the history of Invaders steelband (with many quotes from interviews with Ellie) will be coming soon containing approximately 700 pages complete with sidebars and photos.  The appendices has a listing of people who have played with Invaders over the years, even if it the person(s) only played for panorama or festival.  We don't want to miss anyone and the two authors, myself, Ray Funk and Invaders, are seeking a call for names of players.  We might have your name already but certainly don't want to miss anyone.  Kindly send us your FULL name, the instrument or instruments you played, and what year or years you played with Invaders.  We have a deadline of Easter 2012 to collect names because at that point no more things can be added to the book.  Kindly send me an email if you would like your name published in the book on the history of Invaders.  steelpanlady@yahoo.com

Comment by Bertel Gittens on March 2, 2012 at 10:00am

Boy o Boy this is a good interview, I am proud to be a Trini. Stay up Ellie! Big up to the art of the Steel Pan!

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