Soca Star Cassell Loses Cancer Battle
Calypso and soca musician ALPHONSUS 'Arrow' CASSELL has lost his battle with brain cancer at the age of 60.
The singer/songwriter died at his home on the Caribbean island of Montserrat on Wednesday (15Sep10), according to his brother, Justin Cassell.
Cassell is credited with helping to popularise Caribbean-born soca music, derived from soul and calypso.
He released his first single, Dance with Me, Woman in 1972, and set up his own Arrow label in 1973. The following year (74), he released his debut album The Mighty Arrow on Target.
But it was his 1982 hit Hot Hot Hot that catapulted him to global fame, and in the 1980s he went on to perform on tours in Africa, the U.S., Europe and Japan after the song topped music charts worldwide.
In 1988, he was awarded the Living Legends honour by bosses of the Caribbean Song Festival and the Bahamas Tourist Board, and he continued to regularly release albums.
He most recently performed at the Cricket World Cup 2007 opening ceremonies in the West Indies, alongside fellow Caribbean musicians Shaggy, Byron Lee and Kevin Lyttle.
Cassell is survived by four children and two grandchildren.