October 2010 Volume 7

Soca and Calypsonian “Arrow “Passes on

Basil Waite
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Alphonsus Cassell, popularly known as “Arrow,” died On Wednesday, September 15, 2010  at his Montserrat home after a battle with brain cancer. He was 59.

Arrow is credited with playing a trailblazing role in making Soca international. A pioneer of the Calypso up tempo beat, the Soca genre, Arrow hit the big time in 1983 with the song, Hot, Hot, Hot  which may be the biggest selling Soca tune ever.

 The song even gained greater traction when it became an international party favourite and was used as the theme song at 1986 World Cup in Mexico. Some of his songs were cover versions for punk rock and Latin groups such as Buster Pointdexter amd Menudo. Other Arrow hits include Long Time & Groove Master which made the charts in Britain and the US.

In 2007, Arrow was one of the performers at the  opening ceremony for Cricket World Cup in Trelawney. He also performed at President Obama's inauguration.

Arrow easily qualifies as a Caribbean music icon with the greats such as Bob Marley and the Mighty Sparrow.

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