BPTT, Renegades keep Jit's legacy alive

February 4, 2016

BPTT and Renegades are keeping the legacy of Jit Samaroo alive through Carnival 2016.

The legendary arranger passed away on January 7. To honour his memory, bpTT and Renegades produced limited edition T-shirts with Jit’s image which the band wore for their performance at the National Panorama Semifinals on January 24. The T-shirts feature the image of the mural dedicated to Jit at the Renegades panyard on Charlotte Street.

“It was an honour for each and every one of us to wear those T-shirts. It was an emotional time, especially for those of us who worked with Jit but everyone wanted to wear the T-shirts and that shows you how much people appreciated the work he did,” said BP Renegades captain Candice Andrews.

Jit Samaroo began arranging for Renegades in 1971. He led the band to nine Panorama titles and is the only arranger to achieve a hattrick of wins (1995 – 1997). He was awarded the Hummingbird Medal of Merit silver in 1987 and the Chaconia Medal silver in 1995. In 2003, he received an honorary Doctor of Letters from UWI.

BP Renegades will be playing “Music Inside Meh Head” arranged by Duvonne Stewart at the National Panorama finals on February 6.

The band has also renamed one of the buildings in its panyard the “Jit Samaroo Wing” and unveiled a commemorative plaque at the annual BP Renegades Panyard Lime on February 2.