BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Monday December 2, 2019 – A day before Barbados celebrated its 53rd anniversary of independence from British rule, the man who wrote the national anthem and also helped singer Harry Belafonte popularize calypso, died at the age of 95.
reports say Irving Burgie died last Friday in Brooklyn as a result of
complications from heart failure.
Minister Mia Mottley confirmed his passing at the start of her speech at the
annual Independence parade on Saturday and called for a moment of silence.
was born in the United States but had a Barbadian mother, wrote about 35 songs
for singer Harry Belafonte, including the classic tune, ‘Day-O (The Banana Boat
He was also a singer and performed under the moniker ‘Lord Burgess’ at venues such as the famed Village Vanguard in Manhattan.