Sir Don on music list
When the 2011 Flame Gospel Music Awards come off at the George Street Auditorium on Sunday at 7 p.m., one nominee familiar to the calypso fraternity and the entertainment field in general will be among the nominees.
He is Don Jose Lamonte Marshall, otherwise known as Sir Don.
This writer, composer, former recording artiste, calypso analyst and former Pic-o-de-Crop judge has been nominated in the Calypso of the Year category for a Sheldon Hope rendition, Last Days Revisited.
It is the second time Sir Don has been nominated, the first being with Come Leh We Pray sung by Sammi Jane.
Also nominated in this category are Apache with Wicked Heart and Margaret Enobong Holder with This Is Barbados.
Sir Don, a four-time calypso monarch, is the first calypsonian to perform at the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) where he received an Award of Excellence for his composition Women’s Lib.
Sammi Jane, from the Experience Calypso Tent, will be the lone calypsonian performing Sunday. She will sing Time To Change which earned her kudos from American producer Kevin Bond last year at a singer’s showcase at Hilton Barbados resort.
The theme for Sunday’s show will be Rebirth. It will seek to highlight aspects of gospel music including choral singing.
According to the show’s promoter Mike Cummins, “local gospel music seems to have been hard hit by the recession, VAT and now the closure of one gospel station”.
“Together, with the number of concerts diminishing and a falloff in crowds, the Gospel Music Awards is hoping to change all that for the sake of the young people,” Cummins added. (PR)