Rafael “Raf” Robertson, a Trinidadian pianist, composer, arranger, teacher and producer, with over 40 years of international experience, passed away on Friday 4 December 2015.
His funeral will take place on Friday 11 December 2015 at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, 30A Abercromby Street, Port of Spain from 1.30 pm. The proceeding is open to the public.
Robertson will be cremated. However, the cremation and repast are for family and close friends only.
A number of events have been organised to pay tribute to Robertson. On Wednesday 9 December 2015, Birdsong hosts “Remembering Raf”: An open mic for reminiscing about Robertson’s life and work as well as performances.
Remembering Raf takes place at the Birdsong Pan Yard in St Vincent Street, Tunapuna from 7 pm.
Robertson was the Musical Director of the Birdsong Music Academy and their annual Christmas concert, Christmas in the Park, has also been dedicated to him.
Christmas in the Park takes place on Sunday 13 December 2015 at Auzonville Park, Tunapuna from 6 pm. On Thursday 10 December, 2015, the Kaiso Blues House on 85 Woodford Street, Port of Spain will also host a memorial event from 8 pm.
Robertson, 63, passed away suddenly from a myocardial infarction induced by bilateral pneumonia.