EMOTIONAL RENDITION: Soca artiste Machel Montano performs a song he composed for Dana Seetahal SC at her funeral service at the Aramalaya Presbyterian Church in Tunapuna yesterday. —Photo: Ishmael Salandy


Machel moves mourners to tears

By Anna Ramdass anna.ramdass@trinidadexpress.com

Soca star Machel Montano’s tribute in song to his dear friend Dana Seetahal moved everyone to tears yesterday at her funeral service. 

Montano had rushed to the scene where Seetahal was murdered on Sunday and was so in grief over her death that he sat on the pavement, held his head and wept.

Yesterday, he choked on emotion as he sang a song he wrote especially for Seetahal and the words left many with teary eyes. 

“In this song I pray that her memory will stay, stay with us as a light that never goes away,” said Montano.

“Dana, as a country we love you, as a family we love you and as a friend I love you,” he added.

He told the congregation that in times like this we must cling to our love for God to help us understand and to help us carry on.

He then sang his moving tribute, some of the words are as follows:

I love you, so don’t you go leave me

No, not today because I need you,

I want you to stay 

All the time that we shared was so real that I’m begging, please stay with me

In my lonely nights I think about your life and how you showed us wrong from right

Can’t deny without you by our side how will we survive

You were a light 

I think of you the most Oh Dana

No one comes close

Now you leaving...

What we gonna do

So don’t you leave me

No, not today, cause I need you

I want you to stay

The time that we shared was so real

I’m begging you to stay please

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