Jazz Fra­ter­nity Mourns

The Star (St. Lucia) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

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.

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