john holt ripORGANISERS of the 12th Caribbean Hall of Fame Awards broke ranks by posthumusly honouring John Holt at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in St Andrew recently.

Garnett Reid, chairman of the organising committee of the Caribbean Development for the Arts, Sports and Culture Foundation (CDASCF), said “this was a special case”.

“We were planning to honour him. We regretted that he had been ignored over the years and then he died in the midst of our work. We had to make a decision, and the decision was that we would go ahead and honour him, anyway,” Reid told the Jamaica Observer.

According to Reid, Holt’s name would have been missing from its Hall of Fame list despite his tremendous contribution to the development of Caribbean music and his popularity among reggae fans worldwide.

“I am sure his huge fan base, as well as his peers in the music industry, will appreciate this,” Reid added.

Holt, 69, died in the Wellington Hospital, London, on October 20.

The evening saw 21awards being handed out. Recipients included entertainers Beres Hammond, Rita Marley, Beenie Man, Etana, Tarrus Riley, Queen Ifrica, Ronnie Butler (The Bahamas), Trinidadian calypsonian David Rudder and veteran singer Gem Myers. Juliet Cuthbert, Grace Jackson, and Andrew Price each received an award for their contribution to sports. Playwright Patrick Brown, designer Bill Edwards, actor Paul Campbell, film-makers Lennie Little-White and Barbara Blake Hanna, storyteller Amina Blackwood Meeks, dancer Patsy Ricketts, floral designer Paula Tai Chun-Hissman and producer Kanhai Condiso were lauded for their contribution to the field of arts and culture.

Started 25 years ago, the Caribbean Hall of Fame Awards goes to regional nationals for outstanding works in their respective fields.