Statement on the passing of Ken ‘Professor’ Philmore

The Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts joins the national community, particularly the steel band fraternity in mourning the death of Ken 'Professor' Philmore.

'Professor' will be remembered as a leading light of the steelpan community.

As a self-taught pannist, he was able to command world stages, such as the Royal Ablert Hall London and played with world class musicians such as Duke Ellington, for the world. He focused on excelling both as a player and arranger. His passion and commitment to spreading steelpan music across the world should be an example to all young and aspiring pannists.

We extend condolences to his beloved family, friends and colleagues. May he Rest In Peace. 

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