Nov 24, 2014
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Posts tagged: Mighty Arrow

Coming Home: 50 Years of Montserrat Festival

Words by Jesse Serwer—

Montserrat Masquerade

This month, thousands of Montserratians living abroad will return home, many for the first time in decades. The number of people on the island during the 50th annual Montserrat Festival, Dec. 14 through Jan. 1, is expected to double, a result of the greatest effort to bring back displaced expatriates since the 1995 eruption of the Soufriere Hills volcano spurred more than half of the population to leave.

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Mighty Arrow, 1949-2010

Words by Jesse Serwer

As the Jamaica Observer and other outlets have reported, the great Montserrat calypsonian Alphonsus “Arrow” Cassell, a/k/a Mighty Arrow, passed away Wednesday following a battle with brain cancer. Arrow is of course most often mentioned as the creator of “Hot, Hot, Hot,” a chune that, in a later form, would become the only soca song that people who don’t know what soca is know (Until this.) A long-time Byron Lee collaborator, he was the writer of Lee’s signature “Tiny Winey.” And, as Montserrat’s most famous resident, he also apparently had the honor of having his face plastered on the British territory’s phone cards.

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