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Son’s ‘Cry’ touches church

GERCINE CARTER, [email protected]

Son’s ‘Cry’ touches church

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KEVIN FORDE moved a hushed church with a powerful rendition of the gospel song The Midnight Cry yesterday, in a farewell gesture to his late father Michael Director Forde.

The powerful voice filling the sanctuary of the Church of the Nazarene, Collymore Rock, where the funeral service for the late calypsonian, folk artiste and composer, was held, was an expression of the talent a father passed on to a son who lovingly acknowledged the inherited gift before he began to sing.

Forde died on March 18 at age 65, after battling prostate cancer.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart joined calypsonians Mighty Gabby, Colin Spencer, Red Plastic Bag, Pompey, Lord Radio, Kid Site and a host of others from the entertainment community paying last respects.

Calypsonian Gabby (backing camera) embracing Kevin Forde after Forde moved the church with a powerful solo in tribute to his late father yesterday.


Forde is best remembered for his song Sousie a 1985 hit that took him to stages beyond Barbados. He also had the distinction of winning the 2004 Governor General’s Award Of Excellence In Music for his original song Freedom.

A former lead singer with the gospel group Gospel Comforters, Forde was enlisted by the National Cultural Foundation to work with primary school students
as a coach/trainer in the Foundation’s Cultural Development Schools Music programme.

Eulogist Judy Maynard remembered gifted artiste as a man who loved life and laughter, and lived life to the fullest. To her he was the friend whose hallmark was hospitality and the plumber known among his circle of friends as Dr Plumber for whom no distress call was an imposition.

Mourning her loss is Forde’s wife of 36 years Betty and their children Kevin, Cecile and Janelle. (GC)