The late Asami Nagakiya
Bodies in the sand, tropical drink melting in your hand
We’ll be falling in love to the rhythm of a steel drum band …
“Once you go black, you never go back,” goes a popular expression which ironically lends itself to more than one interpretation. Asami Nagakiya, a calypso musician, would never go back home to Japan after visiting 36% black Trinidad for this year’s Carnival in Port-of-Spain. Asami was strangled to death, her bruised body abandoned among bushes and “heaps of discarded food and beverage containers” in Queen’s Park Savannah.
This year’s festivities, nevertheless, were deemed to have been “safe” by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service. Harold Phillip, the “Gold Commander for Carnival”, explained that there were “no reported serious disruptions at any Carnival-related events.” This year’s celebrations saw a 46% reduction in “serious offenses”, boasted “Gold Commander” Phillip.
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