Basseterre, St.Kitts—The sad news made its rounds very quickly on Wednesday 16th September, throughout the federation of St.Kitts and Nevis, that popular comedian, Calypsonian, MC and entrepreneur, Reginald Thomas, aka CALYPSO REGGIE, had died.
Many persons reacted in shock, as most persons were not even aware that he had gone through a phase of illness.
Calypso Reggie was well known for his keen sense of humour and would have been the MC of choice for many of the shows held for the St.Kitts Carnival and Nevis Culturama events.
He was also known as a very witty Calypsonian and produced several well liked songs including one honouring local sprint king, Kim Collins.
As a business man, he was the voice of choice as he advertised upcoming events while driving his car throughout the streets of Basseterre and Charlestown.
Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris in a release stated:
“It is with sadness that I learned of this morning’s passing of Reginald Thomas, better known to all as Calypso Reggie, a fellow villager and friend of mine.
In St. Kitts and Nevis, more often than not, whenever someone says “Reggie” the first person that comes to mind is the man who became a national cultural and entertainment icon and enterprising businessman, Calypso Reggie.
Reggie warmed the hearts of many with his high-end calypso and comedic performances at carnival village and elsewhere, mainly during our most celebrated national festival, our end of year Carnival.
He was also instrumental in keeping alive many village festivals, notably Village-O-Rama, one of the most successful of its kind in our federation.
His contributions to nation building included his pioneering efforts in advertising and public relations. He served as the President of the Parent Teachers Association at the Beach Allen Primary School for a number of years, demonstrating his commitment to life and country and a resilience to addressing challenges that made him the envy of many.
Reggie will be sorely missed.”
His many fans have not missed the fact that he passed away on National Heroes’ day-16th September.