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Joseph Niles passes

JOHN SEALY, [email protected]

Joseph Niles passes

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JOSEPH NILES the patriarch of gospel music in Barbados, according to reports, died last night after ailing for a number of years.

Known for putting his own stamp on a number of traditional gospel songs, Niles was once the upfront man of the Consolers who served as Barbados ambassadors through the Caribbean.

Among his hits were This TrainRoyal TelephoneJust A Rose Will Do, Live Your ReligionWalking Up The King’s HighwayA Little More Oil In My Lamp and De Devil Gone Mad.

He was described as a humble person who broke down a number of barriers with his interpretation of gospel music which sometimes found itself into the dancehall across the island. (JS)