Terry Mexican Arthur is spreading joy in Barbados in his own way. The Square One musician has partnered with master kite-maker Huevonne Jah Wolf Franklin to honour a few local celebrities in a unique Bajan manner.
They have laid out a collection of kites for signing, one each for the West Indies men’s and women’s T20 World Cup winners, champion athlete Sada Williams and Arthur’s good friend and long-time bandmate from Square One, George Jones, following his recent kidney transplant.
Jones, a founding member of Square One, has been recovering in Florida, United States, from his latest medical ordeal, and well-wishers have come from all over Barbados to jot down words of reassurance and blessings on to the kite specially designed in his honour.
“I didn’t expect many people to come down,” said Arthur, who had posted the kite-signing event on Facebook the day before, “but it’s a great gesture that people come and sign their names and write some encouraging words.”
Barbadian Sada Williams received a gold medal at this year’s CARIFTA Games, as well as qualified for this year’s Olympic Finals in Rio de Janeiro. The Harrison College student secured the gold medal in the Under-20 girls’ 400-metre dash with 52.07 seconds at the 45th CARIFTA event in Grenada.
Barbadians Hayley Matthews, Shamilia Connell, Shakera Selman, Kyshona and Kycia Knight, Shaquona Quintine and Deandra Dottin featured in the T20 Cricket World Cup-winning West Indies women’s squad who soundly thrashed pre-tournament favourites and three-time winners Australia in an exciting final in Kolkata.
The victorious men’s team included Bajans Sulieman Benn, Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse and Carlos Brathwaite who launched himself to legendary status by delivering a stunning last-over, four sixes win in Windies’ final against England.
These kites, said Arthur, would be presented to the respective idols next week, but not before fans had filled the colourful emblems with their cheers and felicitations. Arthur will be hosting another kite-signing in front of the Clock Tower at The Garrison on Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 pm.