One of St. Lucia’s most revered cultural icons, Charles Cadet passed away on Sunday after a prolonged illness.
His death was announced in a statement by Minister in the Ministry of Tourism, Information and Broadcasting, Culture and Creative Industries with responsibility for Culture and Creative Industries, Fortuna Belrose, who described him as a “gem.”
Belrose recalled that Cadet dedicated much of his life to preserving Saint Lucia’s culture through music.
She noted that his popular songs included Poinsettia Blossoms, described as a cult classic.
Among his many other works, Cadet collaborated with Roderick Walcott on the musical – The Banjo Man.
The musician graced the stage of CARIFESTA in Guyana in 1972, and also featured in other Caribbean countries.
Cadet was officially a National Cultural Icon but he also received a number of other awards.
They included the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his work, and the St Lucia Cross.
Cadet also was the first recipient of the M&C Fine Arts Lifetime Achievement Award.
Belrose expressed deep regret at his passing.
“It saddens our heart because we all know him – we got to love him,” the Minister told reporters.
She described Hon. Charles Cadet as having been a perfectionist.
“In visits to him the relationship, the conversation was always about being the best that one can be,”” Belrose explained.
“He is truly a gem that has gone to the great beyond.” the Minister declared.
She said Cadet gave of himself for his country and worked exceedingly hard.
As a result, Belrose asserted that he was a great model for others.