Jolly Boy ‘Powda’ laid to rest

September 16, 2014 3:21 PM

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PORT ANTONIO, Portland: Tons of tributes were heaped upon Joseph 'Powda' Bennett, member of the mento group Jolly Boys, at his funeral service at the Bethesda Gospel Hall in Port Antonio, Portland, on Sunday afternoon.

The 76-year-old — who sang and played the maracas — was hailed as a comedian, jovial, caring, loving and a family man.

Sharon Golding, in the remembrance, traced his working life from Portland parish council, then as part of the comedic duo -- Powda and Bam.

He later got involved in the formation of Jolly Boys and, through the instrumentality of the Jon Baker and Geejam, he was afforded the opportunity to travel to Europe and other parts of the world.

In 2009, Baker recorded The Jolly Boys incorporating hits of the day over mento rhythms to critical acclaim. This served to re-innvigorate the band and lead to international recognition for the group which has been going since the 1950s.

In the eulogy, read by Mercedes Bunsie, Bennett was described as a "lover of all lovers" who met Daisy and were later married. He was referred to as a humble man who was not perturbed with what was happening around him.

Bennett, who died on August 20, was interred in the Maroon Cemetery at Charles Town where he is from.


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