When Steel Talks extends our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Asami Nagakiya.
by Ron Tiah
For Asami :
She was a special young lady, a dedicated pannist who played not only for our Panorama, but year round in her home country of Japan. Asami devoted her life to music, and she chose our national instrument, the steel pan as her first choice of instruments.
She was one of my favorite players at the Silver Stars Panyard, amongst many. I am deeply saddened at the news that the body of the masquerader found at the Savannah, was that of Asami's; she was in love with our music, the steelbands, our people, our culture, and this kept her coming back year after year.
Those of us who knew her will surely remember her warm and friendly, even playful smile which she wore most of the time !! She always had a polite greeting for everyone she came into contact with, she was a gentle musical soul who played each note with love and passion, for our music.
Some of us that would be at the panyard nightly enjoying the sweet sounds of steel, will know of her dedication, she was there every evening from early and left only at the end of practice. She always had a smile for my camera, and one of my fondest memories of her will always be two years ago when she ran over to me singing 'Ron you were on Japanese TV with Ayako Imoto, you are a star' .... She laughed, we hugged and she went back into the band to practice !!
We the people of Trinidad and Tobago have lost a very special friend, and musician from Japan. I am deeply saddened at this loss and pray that her soul finds eternal rest, I know her spirit will always be at our Panorama events and we shall remember you fondly Asami, may you rest in peace.
RIP little one. Justice will be served. Condolences to your family in Japan and Trinidad and the diaspora. All pan people is family.. I trust you will rest in peace in paradise knowing that those who hurt you will be swiftly punished. Hold tight Silver Stars. You lost one star on earth but gained an additional star in heaven.