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By Hon. Hubert Minnis, Prime Minister, The Bahamas
Jul 13, 2017 - 1:28:29 PM

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The Legacy of Cleophas Adderley

I was in Grenada with other colleagues for the Caricom Heads of Government Conference when we learned of the passing of Cleophas Adderley. We were all deeply saddened because we have lost a brilliant and beloved native son who contributed so much to our country, the region and the world.

Though the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture has already offered condolences on behalf of the Government of The Bahamas, I wanted to add my personal condolences and those of a grateful nation. The Government of The Bahamas will offer a fitting tribute to Cleophas at an appropriate time.

Though an attorney by profession, music was Cleophas’ great vocation. He was a dedicated family man. He was also a Bahamian patriot, who often stated: “I love being a Bahamian.”

Cleophas was famously the Director of The Bahamas National Youth Choir (BNYC). Over many years he mentored scores of young Bahamians, whose musical talents he meticulously nurtured and developed.

In the annual concerts of the Choir, Cleophas educated Bahamians about our musical heritage and the music of the world. Through his musical compositions and the compositions of others from so many musical genres, he brought us joy and delight.

Under his direction, the National Youth Choir toured the capitals and continents of the world, showcasing the beauty and brilliance of our culture and talents, including our musical heritage.

From the West Indies to the Americas to Africa, Europe and Asia, Cleophas and the Bahamas National Youth Choir dazzled the world with the exuberance of the Bahamian spirit, including the magic and wonder of Junkanoo.

Though we have lost a musical genius, his spirit lives on in all who were fortunate to be touched by his life, his spirit and his music.

On behalf of a grateful nation, and on my own behalf and that of my wife, Patricia, I offer condolences to his wife Francoise,his son, relatives, his many friendsat home and abroad and the many young people he mentored.

May he rest in peace.

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