Basseterre, St. Kitts, Monday, 5th November, 2018, (MyVueNews.com) – It was only recently that the calypso world lost the Mighty Shadow of Trinidad, then a few days after, that the island also lost Defosto. Now St. Kitts & Nevis has lost one of its greats…De King Arrow.
Arrow, whose real name was Errol Dolphin, had been ailing for some time in his adopted homeland of St. Maarten.
He died on Monday, 5th November, 2018, at the St. Maarten Medical Center.
He was 71 years old.
Arrow is best known for hit songs like, Christmas Pains and Arise, which has become like a second national anthem for St. Kitts & Nevis.
He won the Road March title in St. Kitts in 1975 with a song titled, “Rummy Song”.
Already tributes have started to pour in, here in St. Kitts and in St. Maarten.
One such tributes has come from former Calypso King of St. Kitts, Sweeney, who, in a social media tribute said, “I can honestly say that the calypso fraternity has lost a stalwart, a genius and a master of the art form. St. Kitts and Nevis will be eternally grateful to him for his master piece (ARISE).”
“It was an honour for me to share the stage with him and benefit from the numerous conversations we had,” continued Sweeney.
Sweeney said Arrow was a classy calypsonian, “who was always willing to share his talent, skills and celebrity with the younger calypsonians. Even in the middle of a calypso competition there he was giving advice to the less experienced calypsonian. Above all, Arrow was one of the most decent individuals who has lived on the face of this earth.”
Details regarding his death are still sketchy and will be provided as they come to hand.
Arrow is a brother of the proprietor of the famous “Uncle T’s” restaurant in St. Kitts.
He last performed in St. Kitts in 2011, during a special concert to celebrate ZIZ Radio’s 50th Anniversary.
File photo: Errol ‘De King Arrow’ Dolphin.