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Calypso arranger Kenny Wallace passes on

Published: 
Friday, October 28, 2011

Renowned calypso arranger Kenny Wallace passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday in Schaumburg, Illinois, in the United States. Wallace was the creative force behind major hits such as Ras Iley's “Spring Garden On Fire” and other Crop Over hits. He arranged calypsos for Chalkdust, Red Plastic Bag and Mac Fingall of Barbados and many others.

Before he migrated to the United States, Wallace was also a celebrated Common Entrance teacher at All Saints Anglican, St Margaret’s EC and Holy Name Preparatory. He is survived by his wife, Esla, a retired teacher at St Agnes Anglican School, their son Kevin Wallace and his daughter Daphne. He was the grandfather of Kia and Dylan Wallace; brother of Pauline Gonzales of London, England and Bernice Gibbs of New York. Wallace’s funeral service will take place at Life Changers International in Illinois on Saturday.