St Kitts and Nevis National Carnival offers condolences to family of late Michael Heyliger
St Kitts and Nevis National Carnival offers condolences to family of late Michael Heyliger || Picture Courtesy: St Kitts and Nevis National Carnival (Facebook)
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Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis: St Kitts and Nevis National Carnival offered deepest condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of the late Michael Heyliger, also known as Mick Stokes or Uncle Mick. The passing of such a legendary figure in the carnival world has filled hearts with profound sadness.

Mick Stokes began his journey in the world of entertainment at a young age, starting as a limbo dancer. As a preteen, he fearlessly showcased his singing talent on a popular radio show, introducing original tunes like “Jumping Jacks” and “Too Young.” These early moments marked a significant turning point in his artistic path, according to the update shared by St Kitts and Nevis National Carnival through social media.

It added that throughout his remarkable musical career, Mick Stokes always captivated audiences with his infectious energy. As a member of esteemed groups such as Ellie Matt and The GIs Brass, GIs Brass International, De Brass, Tunka And Friends (St Maarten)
and Vinomar Sonics (Virgin Gorda), his dynamic presence elevated performances to extraordinary heights. Additionally, he contributed his talents to Ashanti, Legends Band, Four Play, Royaltiez and Rhapsody.

Mick Stokes’ discography boasts an impressive collection of classics, many of which have become integral to our carnival culture: Music In Jail, Liamuiga Calling, One Short Man, and She’s Not There, All Kinda Tings, Play One More For Me, Play de Sweet Music, Cold And Rainy Days, Try A Little Kindness, Sam Browne, A Got Another Life, Cool Breeze, Beat De Drums, Noisy Neighbour, Winner, Where Is The Love, Nobody Love, That’s Magnificent, Darling Donna, Nelson Mandela Is Free, Bounce, Free Up, We Independent and so many more.

Notably, it mentioned that Mick Stokes won the Carnival Road March title with “All Kind A Tings” for the 1991/92 carnival.

Beyond his musical contributions, Mick Stokes also graced the airwaves as host of the popular show National Showcase on ZIZ Radio. Through this program, he celebrated local hits and kept the vibrant spirit of carnival alive throughout the entire year, not just during the carnival period.

As per the social media post by St Kitts and Nevis National Carnival, in recognition of his profound impact on the music industry and his unwavering commitment to promoting our rich musical heritage, Mick Stokes was honoured with the St Kitts-Nevis Medal of Honour.

Mick Stokes’ final carnival performance was a truly momentous occasion during the 50th-anniversary celebrations. His iconic show at ICONS || Road March edition will forever hold a special place in our hearts.

“Rest in harmony, Mick Stokes. Your music and promotional efforts will continue to uplift and inspire us, ensuring that your legacy lives on,” it concluded.