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NCC Remembers the life and legacy of Clive “Zanda” Alexander

Port of Spain, Trinidad: Tuesday, January 11, 2022: The National Carnival Commission of Trinidad and Tobago (NCC) joins with the national community in remembering the life and legacy of kaisojazz pioneer and musical visionary, Clive “Zanda” Alexander”, who passed away on Thursday, January 6 2022, at the age of 82.

“Zanda’s” life and career, over the course of decades and across several countries, set a high standard for personal ambition and self-development in advancing our local culture. His love of music started at a young age when he began by creating drums and playing classical music. He would then translate that signature innate drive to learn and create into a rich history as one of this Nation’s self-taught, widely recognised, and much respected and loved musical geniuses.

Originally trained as an architect in the UK, the brother of Carlton Alexander, arranger for Desperados Steel Orchestra, “Zanda” built something entirely outside of his field in pioneering “Kaisojazz”; described as a unique fusion of calypso, folk music, and jazz.

In losing “Zanda”, we have again lost another cultural titan. The NCC extends our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones during this most difficult time.

His legacy will continue to be remembered and preserved for future generations.