and Barbuda has been plunged into mourning after it was announced that cultural icon Joseph 'Calypso Joe' Hunte died today.
Calypso Joe’s cause of death was not revealed by his family.
Calypso Joe leaves a legacy of music for his twin island nation through his most popular nation building calypsos “A Nation to Build, a Country to Mould” and “A Tribute to VC.”
He was crowned Antigua and Barbuda’s Calypso Monarch once, with that title coming in 1971 for his rendition of “Educate the Youths & Recorded in History.”
In 1970, he won the country’s first Road March competition with his hit Bum, Bum.
Calypso Joe was also a frequent performer at local hotels, often making appearances with his signature Hawaiian shirt, guitar and straw hat.
He was also the owner of a restaurant.