Popular Trinidadian steelband, Codrington Pan Family, has released an album dedicated to slain Japanese pannist, Asami Nagakiya. The album, which was released on September 17, features an original composition by Nagakiya called, “Drea
ming Girl,” which she never had the opportunity to record on her own.
“We in the steelpan [community] 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,” the band stated in a press release. “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 gruelling rehearsals, she was again ready to give her all on our national instrument: the steelpan.”
Kari Codrington, manager of the band, wrote a composition and title track entitled, “Someday.” The song is representative of the yearning to reunite with deceased loved ones and is one of three featured tracks off of the Codrington Pan Family’s latest offering.
The album was pre-released in Japan at the Yokohama Steelpan Festa in August. Digital copies can be purchased through iTunes at http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1151670818?ls=1&app=itunes. For further information please contact Mr. Khari Codrington (Manager, Codrington Pan Family) at either 1.868. 477.2852 or firstname.lastname@example.org.