Respected calypsonian, writer and musician William Smokey Burke has died.
Burke has been a popular face on the entertainment scene since the late sixties.
Minister of Creative Economy, Culture and Sports John King paid glowing tribute to Burke who penned hit songs including Duck, Head Nice, Fete Nice, Persona Non Grata, Are We Almost There, De Sauce , Where De Money Gone and much more.
King said: “ His distinct voice heard in many bands across the island, a stint with the Drifters to emerging as a force to be reckoned with on the calypso stage as a perennial competitor in the Pic-O-De-Crop competition.
“He was an amazing talent, humourous, outspoken, and passionate about the arts. I wish to convey my heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. Smokey, we will miss you.”
Back in 2018, Burke was hospitalized just days before he was scheduled to compete in the Pic-O-De- Crop Finals.