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File: In this January 2019 image, Peter Telfer sings and plays drums during the Mawasi Experience's Drum Mass at the Sacred Heart RC Church in Port-of-Spain.

Archbishop Jason Gordon is among a long list of people who have taken to social media to pay tribute to “cultural icon” and “true patriot” Peter Telfer, who died earlier today.

In a Facebook post, the Archbishop wrote: “Peter has given so many gifts to us as Church. We have lost a great Catholic and a true patriot of T&T. May we continue to pray for his family during this time and for the eternal rest of his soul. #RestInPeace.”

Telfer, 63, an acclaimed drummer, percussionist and composer who was the founder of the Mawasi Experience, died at 2.45 am, three days after the musical group he founded marked its 41st anniversary.

Telfer had been in the Intensive Care Unit at the Arima General Hospital and the Catholic news noted that prayers were being offered for his recovery.

“Telfer and the Mawasi Experience are well-known for their musical contributions to the Catholic community and many local, cultural productions. He was the creative coordinator, drummer, percussionist and composer. For many years the group practised for performances at the Sacred Heart RC Church, Port of Spain where they kept their musical instruments,” the Catholic News said.

“Every month, Mawasi added to the liturgy at the church’s 11 am Sunday Masses. Telfer founded Mawasi Experience on Sunday October 12, 1980, and over the years they produced new liturgical music with a Caribbean feel,” it added.

Scores of people whose lives Telfer and the Mawasi Experience touched over the years took to Facebook and WhatsApp to share the news and pay tribute.

On Facebook, Leslie-Ann Boisselle remembered Telfer “for his passion for his craft, his fierce patriotism, and for his stellar contribution to the musical fabric of this nation. Condolences go out to his family and friends and all who were touched by him. May his soul Rest In Peace.”

In another tribute, James B Solomon spoke of Telfer’s drumology.

”Remembering Peter Telfer today. You lived life on your own terms. Your drums may be silent now, but they will always beat on in the hearts and memories of those you reached out to selflessly. Thank you for the memories. Rest In Peace.”

Funeral arrangements are yet to be made.