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I think Carnival is
losing its original
form. While we
accept change and
move forward, it's
very important not to
forget our roots and
where we came from.
crazy lunatic, the hype one, de
showstoppa. Little do they now
that when I m off stage I m a real
home boy. I love the quiet life.
Spending time with friends and
my family. I m a very shy person.
I despise people how are dishonest.
Oh by the way---how can I for-
get---I really love ah good roti and
fry alloo. Lol.
What is the best compliment you
have every received?
Hmmm...fans always come up
to me and appreciate my humility.
And that goes a long way. The girls
always compliment me on my lips
....yeh it s true. Can t help it---it s
real 100 per cent. Lol.
What advice would you give to
the country s leaders to create a
Why can t the opposition and
government work together for the
best interest of our people? Forget
who s in power for once, the coun-
try knows who is in charge, gen-
uinely work together for the better
of our country. Put country first!
We are a beautiful nation.
What advice would you give to
the young people of T&T?
Never give up, believe in you,
stay respectful and live with humil-
ity. But most of all, find god. Put
god in your life and everything will
If you could pick any singer
and/or band to perform just for
you who would you choose?
Wow! I love all music so it s
hard. Reggae, I would bring back
Bob Marley to life; Calypso, I would
choose Baron; Soca, I would have
to go with Bunji Garlin; Indian
music, I will sit and be in awe with
Who are the people who influ-
enced and inspired you the most,
in your career and in life in gen-
My parents are my greatest role
models. They taught us about life
and in everything we do show
compassion and humility to one
another. My dad taught me to play
keyboards. My mom taught us to
never give up. My rock is my wife,
Niala, who is the mother of our
two children, Varun and Vinesh.
She has been by my side through
thick and thin. My brothers,
Richard and Rennie, complete my
musical life. I am blessed.
What daily motto do you live by?
Live a stress-free life and smile
when you can. It makes you a bet-
ter person. Hard work, determi-
nation, prayers ......I live this.
Describe yourself in two words,
one beginning with R, the other
with R, your initials?
Hmmm, Respectful and Reli-
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Everyone always looked at me as the crazy lunatic
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I want to eventually go into promo-
tions. Dil E Nadan has always been
that institution that inspires the youths
and I will do my part to help the less
fortunate ones who don t have a voice,
to show them the tricks and trade of
the business. I believe through music
we can and will bring peace and hap-
piness to our blessed land and by
extension the world...because music
Of all your accolades, prizes and
awards, which do you rate as extreme-
Wow---so many awards to name. And
yes, all of them will forever be special
but recently our band was awarded the
Humming Bird Gold Medal. That has
to be the top prize. Why? Not just
because of what it signifies, but all the
hard work my dad endured in his life
to make Dil E Nadan who we are today.
The sweat and the tears...my dad was
and is still the backbone of our band.
You are a fan of the steelpan I hear...
At present our children Varun and
Vinesh are taking steelpan classes. This
instrument just amazes me. Why? Its
simplicity and the graceful sound it
makes. When I travel to Europe and
see the huge interest our national
instrument has on the people I feel that
sense of pride. I grew up in a musical
family and appreciate good music, good
arrangements and when I listen to some
of our great pan players I have the
utmost respect. I was fortunate to work
alongside the late great Jit Samaroo.
My dad and brothers arranged a test
piece for Saaj Samelan, an orchestration
competition held in the early 90 s and
Jit Samaroo was the arranger.
What thoughts do you have for the
improvement of Carnival?
I think Carnival is losing its original
form. While we accept change and
move forward, it s very important not
to forget our roots and where we came
from. With respect to the competitions,
we need to put a stamp to original work
and giving new artistes a chance to
shine. Only then we can move forward.
I was amazed at Miami airport to see
two pan men welcoming tourists.
Trinidad and Tobago is steelpan....why
can t we do this in our airport? Music
and culture play an integral part in
society and we are blessed as a nation
to produce so many talented sons and
daughters. Be proud and show off our
heroes to the world, that s where our
government comes in.
If you could interview or dine with
anyone, living or dead, who would it
be and why? And what question
would you be eager to ask?
I would freak out if I could interview
the great Michael Jordan. He is just a
perfectionist. And never settles for sec-
ond. He is the perfect role model. I
have been a fan of him since forever.
I wanna be like mike .......lol
What is an interesting facet of your
personality that most people do not
know about you?
Everyone always looked at me as the
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