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When Steel Talks extends condolences to friends and family of the legendary master arranger Dr. Jit Samaroo.

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In remembrance of the genius Dr. Jit Samaroo. Jit came to Cordettes in 1987 on the advice, and with the blessings of the late Paul Campbell who was the band's arranger form its inception as "Cordettes" in1962. Cordettes enjoyed limited success at the Steelband Musical Festival in the mid to late sixties, with a unique sound produced by the hammer of Joseph "Pox" Roseman, was a fixture at the Trinidad Hilton until the late seventies, and until 1983, was the band of choice at The Chinese Association in St Anns from carnival Thursday night (when the band split in two playing simultaneously at the Trinidad Hilton on that night), right through to carnival Sunday Night, then on to the road for J'ouvert, and The Bomb Competition at City Hall.

After Jit's first year with the band in 1987 playing De Fosto's Rambo, having never made it past the zonal finals on the Friday Night after the conclusion of the preliminary rounds, Jit was able to take the band to the National finals of Panorama consistently from 1988, winning the east zone title in 1990

Jit's own compositions (lyrics by Michael Marcano), played at the National Panorama finals by Cordettes sponsored by The National Quarries Company Limited.

  1. 1991 - Gaping Season
  2. 1992 - Panman Vibrations
  3. 1993 - Miss Supporter

May he rest peacefully, eternally.

Great info and living history Mr. Providence

Those are some classics right there. Rare for an arranger to have such a longstanding chemistry with one band much less two. Jit's style with Cordettes was different than with Renegades though no less sophisticated or consistent. 

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