Jamani has been surrounded in music from his birth. At home music is played all the time, so from a baby he would hear his dad-practicing pan night and day. When he was about eleven months old he received a plastic drum kit from his parents, this was to help him channel his drumming desire on an instrument, prior to that he would jam with his dad on pots and pans, at that time he was encouraged to jam rhythms on virtually anything that made a sound.
He was also allowed to play dad?s Steelpans, at that time a lot of work was needed to ensure he learnt very fast on how to strike a note correctly on a pan, he was encouraged to play one note for a long time and mimic the sound with his voice and not hit the pan too hard and damage the delicate notes.
As he got a bit older before he could talk he would be constantly singing and making beat box sounds with his mouth.
In 1997 he received a small Yamaha child drum kit for his third birthday, that year he did his first live performance with The Jamma Caribbean Jazz Band, having his kit set up all the time in his bedroom he developed very good timing. He played two numbers with the band, and after the performance he went into his solo jamming performance, the audience were completely blown out with this youngster?s skill. On Ray Holman?s visit to our home he commented on Jamani’s exceptional ability and sense of rhythm.
As time went on Jamani started putting clusters of notes together on the pan and creating short melodies, it was not long before he taught himself “Happy Birthday”, which took him a few weeks to work out.