Jazz Fraternity Mourns
The Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts fraternity, and indeed organizers the SLTB, have been mourning the loss of a legendary performer as well as a local stalwart in the arts. Singer Natalie Cole, who performed at the 2007 Saint Lucia Jazz Festival, died on December 31st, 2015. Her family said the general cause of death was idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension which led to heart failure.
The Electronic Urban Report (EUR) has learned that a funeral service for Cole will be held this Monday, January 11th, at West Angeles Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles.
Born in 1950, Cole grew up among musical royalty. Her father, Nat King Cole, was one of the most accomplished singers and jazz musicians of the postwar era, and her mother, Maria Hawkins Cole, was a singer for Duke Ellington.
At age 6, Cole sang with her father on a Christmas album, and she was performing by the time she was 11.
Meanwhile one of the founding members of Labowi Promotions, Augustin Barthelmew, will be laid to rest this Sunday January 10th. Labowi Promotions was responsible for staging jazz events in the south of the island under the Jazz in the South banner during the Saint Lucia Jazz Festival.
Barthelmew of Laborie, who worked tirelessly with the organization, passed away on Sunday December 27th at the age of 63. He was a retired assistant accountant at the Treasury department and a founding member of several musical bands in his community.
An ecumenical service will be held in his honour on Sunday followed by performances from various groups and musicians at the Laborie Square.
The late songstress Natalie Cole.