The death of ‘Master Artist’ LeRoy Clarke has further wounded the Emancipation Support Committee of Trinidad and Tobago(ESCTT), said its executive director Zakiya Uzoma-Wadada.
In an interview with Guardian Media, Uzoma-Wadada, explained Clarke’s death was now piled on top of the several deaths of creatives the organisation suffered since the start of 2021
She disclosed, such people who were affiliated with the ESCTT included Sandra “Singing Sandra” DesVignes-Millington, drummer Larry Haywood of the North-West Laventille Cultural Movement, Lutalo “Brother Resistance” Masimba, and one of ESCTT’s long-standing directors, Ifoma Soyinka.
Remembering Clarke, Uzoma-Wadada said, “LeRoy has left an amazing legacy of art that once you look into it, I think it was designed for us to also see ourselves for the hope and magic of what life is. We also remember his voice. He used it to share his wisdom, to encourage us, to shake us out of our ignorance and slumber. He really cared about his people and out of his humble beginnings, he also showed us how with determination you can evolve, and you can reach the standards of excellence which he was able to portray through his art.”
She called on society to always acknowledge the great men and women from T&T who walked amongst civilisation.
Stating that Clarke completed his purpose on earth, she wished the ‘Chief’, a peaceful transition into the arms of the Orisha.
Reporter: Bobie-Lee Dixon