The management and staff of the National Cultural Foundation are deeply saddened by the passing of Calypso legend Don Jose Lamont Marshall known in the entertainment fraternity affectionately as ‘Sir Don’.
His was the gift of language, telling us stories about ourselves in the calypso idiom, cleverly weaving words into biting and often humourous lyrics. He dominated the local calypso scene with the likes of Michael Wilkinson, Little Baron, the Mighty Producer and the Mighty Charmer, winning the calypso crown in 1963, 65 and 75.
‘Sir Don’ was never hesitant to share of his immense talent and mentored the likes of the Mighty Romeo, Dr. Anthony ‘Mighty Gabby’’, Colin Spencer, Smokey Burke and reigning Pic–O–De–Crop monarch Mr. Blood. After formally retiring from competition he remained involved by penning numerous calypsos for several of Barbados’ senior and junior calypsonians.
‘Sir Don’ was known for his sartorial elegance and often boasted of the prowess of his longtime tailor in Bridgetown. He put great store on appearance and presentation and was often sought for advice and guidance by the younger members of the entertainment fraternity.
His charm and wit were legendary and he would deliver the most hilarious of quips with nothing more than a quiet chuckle while the others were bent over with peals of laughter. He was a man of deep and abiding faith who loved life and his country, his family, calypso and the Combermere School in particular.
‘Sir Don’ was just recently assisting the NCF with its NIFCA music programme after years of association with the Crop Over Festival as a judge of the Pic–O–De–Crop competition as well as a coordinator of said competition on occasion.
The Foundation extends sincerest condolences to his wife, children, relatives and friends.
Rest in peace!