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NCC Mourns the passing of Narrie Approo, Black Indian Masquerader Extraordinaire

Port of Spain, Trinidad: Friday, January 7, 2022: The National Carnival Commission of Trinidad and Tobago joins with the Nation in celebrating the life of Traditional Mas pioneer and stalwart, Narrie Approo, who passed away on Thursday, January 6, 2022 at the age of 94.

For many decades, Mr. Approo, a true son of the soil, set one of the highest standards for consistency and commitment to Mas. Starting his mas journey at the tender age of 5, he would then go on to preserve and promote the “Black Indian” Mas after induction into the “Warrior of Huaracan” at the age of 11. It is no secret that Black Indian Mas is where it is today in great part, and thanks, to Mr. Approo.

Not only was Mr. Approo a talented masquerader and cultural representative, he was also a gifted pan player, creating many memorable experiences during his time as an active member within that community.

Mr. Approo’s passing comes as another significant loss for our cultural community. The NCC will continue to celebrate and remember these titans for their invaluable contributions that have helped shape and define our culture, and in so doing, help preserve their legacies for the future.

The NCC extends its deepest condolences to Mr. Approo’s family and loved ones during this most difficult time.