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What advice would you give to
the young people of T&T?
Never stop believing in yourself,
there is no end/stopping point
when it comes to learning. Apply
yourself at all times, whether it be
towards schoolwork, band practice
or training. There is nothing that
you cannot do---cannot means will
not, so push yourself especially
when things feel hard, and always
have patience with yourself, your
peers and your teachers.
If you could pick any singer
and/or band to perform just for
you who would you choose?
Earl Rodney and Jason Baptiste
Do you play mas? What
thoughts do you have for the
improvement of Carnival, espe-
cially as it relates to the steelpan?
I have never played mas. But if
I ever decided to play it would be
with All Stars, I have loved their
sailor mas since I was a child. I
hope one day we can figure out
how to have Panorama without
the competition aspect of it.
Who are the people who influ-
enced and inspired you the most,
in your career and in life in gen-
My biggest inspiration and
encouragement came from Mr
Richard Gaskin who was my form
teacher in Malick Secondary Com-
prehensive School. There is where
I learned to play steelpan and was
always in awe of his skills as a
musician. He is a multi-instru-
mentalist with perfect pitch who
taught me some valuable lessons
in arranging and approach to play-
ing music. Earl Rodney, Clive
Zanda, Len "Boogsie" Sharpe,
Robert Greenidge and the late Clive
Bradley have also been great influ-
ences in my career.
What daily motto do you live
by?Once you believe you will
Describe yourself in two words,
one beginning with N, the other
with J, your initials.
Nice and Jazzy.
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Tribute delivered by Rev Daniel
Teelucksingh at the funeral service
for Dr Jit Samaroo at the Armalaya
Presbyterian Church---January 9, 2016
The hills of Laventille missed
the late panman Rudolph Charles
and asked through David Rudder s
"Where the man with the ham-
The dragon don t walk the trail
Now today, the hills of Lopinot
also ask in mournful tones about
the passing of Jit Samaroo:
"Where the man from Rene-
Why you up and leave?
Why you make we grieve?
The genius of the tenor pan
don t walk the trail no more."
There is an answer to Lopinot
and all pan lovers who will miss
the master of the panyard: I ve
always heard that there is music
and an angelic choir in gloryland.
Well, today we say farewell to Jit,
this rare, celebrated musical colos-
sus who joins the heavenly orches-
tra. Only once in a lifetime we
meet someone like this. Through
his passionate musical eloquence
earth dances. Now, our lovable
Maestro will play for saints and
angels in eternity s panorama.
From henceforth, music out
yonder will be richer as Jit Sama-
roo, arranger and composer par
excellence, joins Rudolph Charles,
Bertie Marshall and Winston
"Spree" Simon who have taken
to higher places the unique sym-
phony of the steelpan with the
rhythms and melodies of T&T. Jit
and other masters of the art form
have left us, but our hills and val-
leys will always be alive with the
sound of their music.
I cherished the years 1969-1971
when I first met Jit. His music
was in its infancy, finding expres-
sion as he led his brothers and
sisters, all mere children in a
fledgeling band first called "the
Samaroo Kids." An awesome
musical force was here awakened,
creating an explosion of talent
from one of our finest family steel
orchestras of the 20th century.
I always respected Jit s style of
living wherein he demonstrated
to us that greatness and humility
may not be strangers. For, though
he was applauded by presidents
and prime ministers, celebrities
and royalty in various countries,
he never lost the common touch.
All through his life he was pre-
eminently a family man, and here-
in lies the secret of his successful
career. This is the guarantee that
his music will live on, immor-
talised in the music of his children
and generations thereafter.
Our country solemnly pays
tribute to Jit Samaroo in the hon-
our roll of our music ambassadors.
He carried beyond our shores the
strains of steel to enviable levels
of global acclamation at the pres-
tigious theatres of international
music. A treasure he will always
be, standing tall in the nation s
hall of fame.
Pan genius don't
walk the trail no more
The late Jit Samaroo
believing in yourself
From Page B3
Natasha Joseph. PHOTO COURTESY MARIA NUNES
Self-taught pan player, composer, arranger, producer...
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