Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 12th 2017 Contents JANINE CHARLES-FARRAY
Elizabeth “Liz” Mannette
was tired of getting lost. Set-
ting out to visit a new pan-
yard was always a wearisome
adventure because she would
often have to turn back when
she could not readily find the
As a diehard Caribbean Airlines
Invaders fan, even following her
band around on Panorama compe-
tition days was challenging.
It often involved walking in
circles around the Queen’s Park
Savannah during semis or finals
attempting to find the band’s lo-
cation before the big stage per-
formance. In her search for a
solution, Mannette realised she
was not alone.
She found similar stories of
frustration. Newcomers to the
panyard scene, younger people
seeking to learn more about their
culture, and even seasoned veter-
ans of Panorama all experienced a
shortage of information related to
how to navigate their movements
during Panorama season.
For Panorama 2017, Mannette
was encouraged to launch a mo-
bile app to put steelbands and pa-
nyards on the digital map.
The new PanCrawl digital app
aims to show the exact location of
all T&T panyards on Google Maps.
For Panorama 2017, the Pan-
Crawl app will go even further to
show where each band will be in or
around the Savannah on the com-
petition days and will display the
band’s location from the panyard
to the stage.
“This app will use technology
to connect the pan community
globally, as eventually we want all
panyards of T&T and of other ven-
ues around the world where pan
music is heard to be on the app.”
This pioneering work is nothing
new to Liz.
She has been flying the colours
of steelpan for many years, not
only for the love of the music but
as a part of a long family tradition.
She’s second cousin to steelpan
legend Elliot “Ellie” Mannette,
who founded the Invaders steel
band more than 75 years ago.
He is widely acknowledged as
the father of the modern pan. The
elder Mannette is a world-re -
nowned pan maker and tuner, as
well as player.
He built and tuned pans for
the legendary Trinidad All Steel
Percussion Orchestra (Taspo) tour
of Britain in 1951, and continues
refining the metallurgy of the in-
His work in developing T&T’s
national instrument is well docu-
mented across the world, includ-
ing by Niherst’s Caribbean Icons
in Science, Technology and Inno-
vation for his “scientific approach
to instrument making.”
In similar fashion, Liz Man-
nette’s innovative work goes be-
yond just appreciating the music.
She has spent over ten years
as a successful jewelry designer,
producing unique, stylish acces-
sories inspired by all variations of
the national instrument.
She recently completed a book,
Journey to 10, which outlines her
personal journey combining a ca-
reer as a Harvard lawyer, former
PNM senator, and former diplomat
with her pan heritage.
The impetus for the steelpan
PanCrawl app fit neatly within
her new strategy to create digital
entertainment and media to tran-
scend generations, linking Ellie
(now in his 90s) with young Mil-
lennials and future Generation Z.
“In 2015, I observed my young-
er nieces and nephews engrossed
in digital technology—walking
around with their head in an iP-
phone listening to music, looking
at videos and playing games—and
I realised they were removed from
the traditional world of the pan-
yard where I learned about pan,”
said Mannette in a recently con-
The suite of apps and games
will represent an online and mo-
bile gaming platform launched as
a teaser for a new animated series
in development entitled Tess the
Tenor to build music, personal
development and playing skills.
The PanCrawl app is now availa-
ble for free download on the Apple
App Store and Google Play online,
as well as from Mannette’s web-
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Liz Mannette puts pan
on the (Google) map
creator of the
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Paramin blue devil Stephan Macarno on Frederick Street, Port-of-Spain, at the
launch of Downtown Carnival on Feburary 3. PHOTO: EDISON BOODOOSINGH
com or contact liz@
The new PanCrawl digital app aims
to show the exact location of all
T&T panyards on Google Maps. For
Panorama 2017, the PanCrawl app
will go even further to show where
each band will be in or around the
Savannah on the competition days
and will display the band’s location
from the panyard to the stage.
A sketch of Angelo Bissessarsingh being done by artist and journalist with
Guardian Media Limited Halcian Pierre.
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