Opposition Leader saddened by passing of "musical giant"

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar says she was saddened to learn of the passing of pan legen Ken 'Professor' Philmore.

Philmore died at the San Fernando General Hospital this morning following injuries sustained in a vehicular accident on Monday.

Persad-Bissessar issued the following tribute on Sunday.

"I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ken “Professor” Philmore, and I join in paying tribute to a musical giant and distinguished son of Trinidad and Tobago, one who has made immense contributions to steelpan music and culture.

If ever there was an inspiring story of knowing what you are meant to become and working towards fulfilling your goals, it is the story of Ken “Professor” Philmore’s life.

His enthrallment with pan began at the tender age of four, and he began playing with Hatters Steel Orchestra in San Fernando at just 15 years old.

His talents as a pannist and arranger were refined over the course of several decades, and it was clear that pan was his passion and his calling.

Ken’s dedication to his craft resulted in a tremendous body of work from this incredibly talented musician, and also earned him international acclaim.

Today is truly a sad one for our nation, and I join with the national community in mourning the loss of Ken Philmore, but also call on all citizens to celebrate his life and musical legacy.

May his soul rest in peace and may his loved ones be comforted in the knowledge that his music will undoubtedly continue to inspire generations to come and will endure for eternity.

On behalf of the Opposition and on my own behalf, I offer condolences to his family, friends and the pan fraternity."

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