Anthony The Mighty Gabby Carter celebrated his 71st birthday in fine style on Saturday surrounded by his longtime friends Eddie Grant, veteran entertainer Richard Stoute, former Mr Olympia Earl Maynard, The Mighty Grynner as well as members of his family at an event organised by the Pan African Coalition of Organisations in his honour at Dre’s Bar and Restaurant, Pelican Village.
The Maestro, as he is affectionately called, was serenaded by Sonny Meraki who sang a powerful acappella rendition of Emmerton. He was also treated to two songs by Charles Odel – Healing in the Land and Africa. He was also entertained by Winston Farrell who did a powerful rhythm poem entitled Black Knight which he said was fitting for Gabby.
Speaking to Bajan Vibes on Wednesday, an elated Gabby said he wanted to thank everyone who would have contributed to ensuring that his 71st birthday was a success.
“I want to thank everyone who came. I want to thank the persons from the Pan African Coalition of Organizations; the comments from Bobby Clarke, Richard Stoute and having my children there and Eddie Grant, [Minister of the Environment and National Beautification] Trevor Prescod, the Venezuelan and Cuban Ambassadors. So many artistes came through, Winston Farrell and Sonny Meraki and many others.
The nine-time Pic-O-De-Crop Calypso King said he was honoured that he was able to enjoy the pomp and pageantry while he was still alive.
“There are not many people that get the chance to be celebrated when they are alive. Last year, the Garrison School [now the Daryll Jordan Secondary School] dedicated a whole day to me. I really feel honoured that I have lived to see an organisation honour me like that because it would mean that they would appreciate what I would have done overall. So, the fans and the friends that came – it was almost overwhelming,” he told Bajan Vibes. (LG)