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Musical tribute to Bunny Brown March 3

Published:Sunday | February 17, 2019 | 12:00 AM
Bunny Brown

A remembrance service and musical tribute will be held for music pioneer Joel ‘Bunny’ Brown on Sunday, March 3 at the Louise Bennett Garden Theatre on Hope Road, St Andrew. Reports are that Brown’s body has already been cremated, and a thanksgiving service for the life of the reggae singer was held in Atlanta, Georgia, last Sunday.

Brown’s widow, Pauline Brown, was absent from the first service owing to circumstances beyond her control, however, she told The Gleaner that she has been in constant contact with Frankie Campbell, chairman of the Jamaica Association of Vintage Artistes and Affiliates (JAVAA), which is organising the local tribute. Still trying to come to terms with her husband’s passing, Brown revealed that while it has been challenging, she is grateful for the support of friends like Campbell.

Bunny Brown was a founding member and executive of the JAVAA, in addition to being on the Entertainment Advisory Committee, which reports directly to the minister of entertainment. Noting that he has been friends with Bunny Brown for over 50 years, Campbell disclosed that the JAVAA, which is working closely with the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport on this project, will ensure that the singer gets the Jamaica send-off that he truly deserves. He emphasised that there would be more music and less talk at the service.

“Members of the fraternity have expressed a willingness to join us on March 3 for this musical tribute. The way we have it planned, the service itself will not be long, between half an hour and 40 minutes at the most,” Campbell outlined.

“After that, we will have tributes in song. Some of our veterans who reside overseas have also assured us that they will be travelling to Jamaica to lend their voices at this service. Bunny was a great human being, a great singer, and a great friend, whose death has left a void in our fraternity,” Campbell stated.

Although he named veteran reggae and lovers’ rock singer Barry Biggs as one of the overseas artistes who has expressed an interest in performing at the musical tribute, he said that the complete list of performers is not yet ready.

Joel “Bunny” Brown, a former lead singer of The Chosen Few, passed away on Monday, February 4, in Atlanta, Georgia, following a lengthy battle with cancer. Since his death, there has been an outpouring of tributes from several entertainment figures who remembered Brown as a “singer’s singer”.

He was hailed as “a very caring person” and “a brother” said Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.