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Published on September 6th, 2016 | by Amanda Maria Barnett McLeod M.A. B.A.

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Asami Nagakiya – Gone but not Forgotten. Music Album featuring her Original Steelpan Composition.

It is just over seven months to date, since we in the steelpan fraternity lost an incredible musician and a great friend. Little did we know that February 2016, would be the last time that many of us would see Asami Nagakiya’s smile or hear her laugh, as she stumbled through some awkward phrases in our local palance.

Perhaps then, it is fitting that our last real memory of Asami, is of her standing proudly on stage on the night of Panorama Finals, doing what she loved. After weeks of highly energetic yet grueling rehearsals, she was again ready to give her all on our national instrument -the steelpan. Such is the inspiration behind Khari Codrington’s latest composition entitled, “Someday.” Representative of the yearning to reunite with deceased loved ones, the song is one of three featured tracks off of the Codrington Pan Family’s latest offering.

Also featured on the album is the original composition of “Dreaming Girl” by Asami (that she never got the opportunity to record.) However, through the efforts of the Codrington Pan Family, the project has finally been achieved. Perhaps then, her dream of living in our beautiful twin islands has also been realised as she now lives on in the hearts of all Trinbagonians who have been touched by her talent and her love for our culture.

Someday (the Album) was pre-released in Japan at the Yokohama Steelpan Festa in August. From September 17, 2016 physical and digital copies can be purchased locally and globally.

Press Release

For further information please contact Mr. Khari Codrington (Manager, Codrington Pan Family) at either 1.868. 477.2852 or kharicodrington@gmail.com

 

Press Release

The Codrington Pan Family has been in existence since May 1999 providing steel pan entertainment for the occasion. They are a family of eight (8) —mom, dad and their six (6) children. The Codringtons have performed extensively throughout Trinidad and Tobago and have also made appearances on stages in Cuba, France, Venezuela and the U.S.A (to name a few). Their most recent trip was to SXSW 2015, performing on two main stages. It is there that they earned the distinct honour of premiering the steelpan at the music festival. They have also performed for many prominent persons such as Queen Elizabeth II and their Excellences King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain.

Over the years, the Codrington Pan Family have won over fifteen (15) different steel pan and music competitions. Their repertoire includes Jazz, Latin, Reggae, Calypso/Soca, Classical, R&B and Pop. Apart from performing, members of the band are also experienced (and certified) in skill sets such as music theory (scoring, composition) and pan construction and tuning.

Their greatest achievement was being named one of the top 10 breakout acts of SXSW 2015 by Star Tibune. The group aspires to perform music in a way that reaches the heart and also to send a message of hope to broken homes through the bond that they share.

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