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Musical send-off for Imij founder
Musician/producer George Ng Wai, 72, was cremated yesterday after a 90-minute funeral service, led by Frs Manny Pierre and Garfield Rochard, at the Church of the Assumption, Long Circular Road, Maraval. Tributes to Ng Wai were read by his son Joey, granddaughter Kimberly and Johnny Gonzales. In her testimonial, Ng Wai’s Kimberly said: “Papa was an excellent musician and a better grandfather.”
Ng Wai’s son caused some mirth when he opened his tribute by saying, “What did my dad do last night to upset Jesus? Such a thunderstorm!” He said his father had asked him at his funeral to talk about his family—not just immediate family, but about his “musical family,” and this he did, naming almost every member of his band Second Imij and its various incarnations.
Acclaiming Ng Wai as an exemplary human being, Gonzales said: “Uncle George was an inspiration to many. He had great sense of humour, and everyone respected Uncle George. It is never about the money.” Apart from the church choir, also performing at the service was an aggregation of musicians, including Theron Shaw, Douglas Redon, Dawud Orr, Gerry Banfield, Tamba Gwinde and vocalist Gail McLean. Songs played by the ensemble included The Witness, Thanks for the Music and Drum Call.
After communion, Ave Maria was played by Joey Ng Wai, on guitar, and Ng Wai’s former Dixieland Steel Orchestra colleagues Lawford Dupres and Curtis Pierre. Beside Dixieland, Ng Wai also played pan with Silver Stars Steel Orchestra, as well as percussion for Andre Tanker & the Flamingoes. He also founded Second Imij, now called Imij & Co and led by his son Joey. Ng Wai was first diagnosed with cancer in December 2010.
The service was attended by a large congregation of music practitioners, arts and entertainment personalities, including Mervyn Telfer, Diane Dupres, Nicky Inniss, Ray Holman, Ken Attale, Christine and Zo Marie Tanker, Cathy Ella, Nigel Prudent, Mikey Ross, Johnny Soong, Cliff Harris, Frank Martineau, Lennox Toussaint, Denyse Plummer, Wendell Constantine, Nigel Rojas, Johnny Gonzales, Bobby Quan, Robin Imamshah, Graham Wilson, Martin “Mice” Raymond, Michelle Xavier, Hilton “Ghetto Flex” Danzell, Junior and Ruth Telfer, DJ Scoobie, Hannah Janoura and Ian McKenzie.
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