Three Caribbean music stars lost near 2022’s end

While most of the mainstream media was unfamiliar with the talents and contributions of Black Stalin, Joe Mersa Marley and singing Francine, fans across the Caribbean region and diaspora mourned the loss of these performers who died late last month. I got

Born in San Fernando, Trinidad as Leroy Calliste, “Black Stalin” died on December 28th.

“Stalin, 81, who never recovered from a stroke he suffered nine years ago, died at his home in San Fernando around 9 a.m. Wednesday, surrounded by his wife Patsy and family praying for a miracle. was reported. An article in the Yvonne Web for Trinidad and Tobago Newsday is entitled “The Calypso Fraternity Mourns the Death of Black His Stalin.”

The Daily News reported that Marley, the grandson of reggae great Bob Marley, who died December 26, at 31, and son of Stephen Marley, has died. — a family band led by his uncle.

Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness offered his condolences to “reggae music fraternity and fans around the world”, calling Marley’s death “a huge loss for music looking to the next generation”.

Chris Chin, CEO of the influential Queens, Jamaica-based VP Records music label, said: “My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and daughter and the Marley family during this difficult time.”

Stephen Marley (left) and son Joe Martha Marley perform at the 'Catch A Fire Tour 2015' at The Paramount in Huntington, Long Island.

News of Singing Francine’s death spread through the city’s Caribbean community, and region. “Calypso in mourning,” read a partial Trinidad Express headline for the obituary of singer-songwriter Singing Francine, who died in New York last month.

Born in Barbados as Francine Edwards, the performer was an award-winning artist who contributed to the women of the calypso genre and was known as a key pioneer of Caribbean seasonal “paran” Christmas music.

“It is no exaggeration to say that the music of Francine singing is timeless. Every Barbadian is familiar with her music, and at Christmas time, the sound of ‘Palan, Palang’ echoes throughout communities across the island. Because I know I will cross. Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Motley said in a statement, Barbados’ Nation News reported. “I’m sure her contributions to these genres will never be forgotten.”

Singing Francine's 2008 Mrs. Calypso album and her 2012 religious release

Herman Hall, founder and publisher of New York’s Everybody’s Magazine, said he was “shocked by the passing of Singing Francine.” Hall worked with performers at the New York Carnival in the 1970s and the World sponsored by Everyone’s Magazine in the 1990s.

Yes, investor immigration is a problem and St Kitts and Nevis has made some changes to the long-standing system that allows “foreigners who have made significant contributions to the development of the country” to qualify for citizenship along with their families. is added.

A qualifying investment can be made “by making a donation or investing in the purchase of real estate.”

A limited-time offer for second citizenship in St. Kitts and Nevis is available through June 30 with the country’s Sustainable Growth Fund.

Flag of Saint Kitts and Nevis upgrading its investment immigration program for foreigners.

The Twin Island Nation Citizenship by Investment (CBI) program, which has been in operation for 40 years, has introduced a board and a technical committee responsible for general oversight of the operation of the CBI unit to facilitate “expedited” completion of applications. guarantee and perform. “Due diligence” on background checks and other duties was announced by the head of the investment department, Michael He Martin.

For more information on the program, please visit the St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship website. Also, watch Martin’s full video of his Citizenship by Investment announcement online.

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Charnett Crichton at the Half Moon Resort in Jamaica.

During his four years at Half Moon, Crichton helped open the resort’s new 57-suite Eclipse Wing, which includes restaurants, bars, spas and other services, and is credited with guiding the resort through the COVID-19 pandemic. It is

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