An icon of the Caribbean music scene is leading the jubilant masses at a special concert to celebrate the 46th anniversary of the independence of Barbados.
In turn, his own contribution to the Caribbean’s entertainment scene is being recognised at the event.
According to organisers, “The Mighty Gabby has written some of the most impactful songs which has stirred our social conscience and resonated beyond the shores of Barbados”.
One of the most powerful songs is Jack (Dah Beach is Mine), which despite being 30 years old continues to be relevant and in great demand. Other classics include Boots, Hit It, Dr. Cassandra, Arm De Police, and the folk classics such as Bridgetown, Emmerton and Bajan Fishermen.
He is a legendary Barbadian national icon, a multitalented artiste, a calypsonian and the first cultural ambassador for the island of Barbados.
In October 2012, he was conferred an honorary doctorate by the University of the West Indies for his body of work, which has spanned more than four decades.
Gabby has written for several of Barbados’ and the region’s top entertainers including Byron Lee and the Dragonaires, Ras Iley, TC, The Mighty Grynner, Square One, Tony Grazette and recently a new generation of junior calypsonians.
Source of authority
He is also an accomplished folk singer and actor and has starred in the multi-award winning documentary 500 Years Later (2005) starring Maulana Karenga, Muhammed Shareef, Francis Cress Welsin, Kimani Nehusi, Paul Robeson Jr, Nelson George and many more. The film was written by M.K. Asante Jr. and directed by Owen Alik Shahadah. Three of his songs, Jack, Viva Cuba’and Gimme Soca are featured in films starring major international artists including Michael Caine and Harrison Ford.
Anthony Gabby Carter was named a Nigerian chief, which symbolises that he is head of a community or clan and is a source of authority. His elevation was celebrated by the Sons of God Apostolic Spiritual Baptist Church in Ealing Grove in Christ Church, where a special service was held in his honour. It was conducted by Archbishop Granville Williams. Gabby, who visited Nigeria in 2006 and 2007, was given the name Omowale, which means “our son has returned”.
In recognition of all of his accomplishments and a successful entertainment career, The Consul to Barbados and The Barbados Association of Cayman salutes this true Barbadian and Caribbean cultural icon with an appreciation dinner and cultural evening on Friday, 30 November at the Grand Old House.
Things kick off at 7.30pm and also playing will be Jeffrey Wilson and the Unity Band. Dress is semi-formal.
Tickets are $75, which includes dinner, a complementary drink and the show. They are available from Winners Circle, No. 1 Shoe Shop, Photo and Embroidery Plus on Walkers Road and Grand Old House.