first_img Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Cultural Division remembers Jeff Joseph as an Ambassador for Dominica by: – November 25, 2011 Share Jeff Joseph. Image via:wcmfdominica.comThe Cultural Division and the National Cultural Council have joined their voices in echoing sympathies to the family and friends of legendary icon, Jeff Joseph of St Joseph who passed away at Martinique earlier this week.Jeff Joseph performed regionally and internationally at various concerts and festivals where he constantly promoted Dominica’s culture, its flag and its music.A press statement issued by the Cultural Division and the National Cultural Council stated that the contribution made by Jeff Joseph in promoting Dominica’s culture and heritage is significant.“The Cultural Division and the National Cultural Council which to express our profound sorrow at the passing of a legend and great Dominican and Caribbean musical icon Jeff Joseph. Jeff Joseph was a singer extraordinaire and an outstanding and powerful performer and artist with creative genes who had great impact on the cultural landscape of Dominica and the Caribbean”. Jeff Joseph has also been described as an ‘ambassador for Dominica’ as it relates to the promotion of cadence music in the region and the wider world.“We applaud his extraordinary contribution to the development of Dominican music particularly Cadence music, himself and his band the famous Grammacks were among the early pioneers of this Dominican creole brand of music which has now become and integral part of the Dominican and Caribbean musical identity and culture. We honour Jeff’s memory as a champion of Dominican music and also salute him as an ambassador for Dominica worldwide”. Jeff Jo as he was popularly known was for many years the lead singer in the Grammacks Band. The band shot to fame in the early seventies and eighties with mega hits like “Mis Debaz”, and “Soukouyant”. The work of Jeff Joseph and the Grammacks helped to sparehead cadence music throughout the world and gave rise to Zouk and Compa music.The highlight performances of Jeff Jo and the Grammacks came with their appearances during the “Tour de France” in 1977 and their half time performance at the Superbowl in Miami in 1979.His role in the development of Caribbean music is also being underscored by the Cultural Division.“Jeff had great talent, he was full of energy and an extremely hard worker, he was down to earth and had the ability to relate with anyone and everyone. He will be greatly missed as a Dominican and Caribbean cultural personality and his contribution to the development of culture in the region and his role in helping to influence the development of Dominican and Caribbean music should never be forgotten”. “We extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends and we join with many persons in the world who are mourning his passing and at the same time we thank God for his life and celebrate the distinctive and memorable contribution which he made to Caribbean life and culture, may his soul rest in peace”.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img 13 Views   no discussions Share Tweetlast_img

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