THE ORIGINAL JEGGAE 83, WILL BE FUNERALISED ON PRESIDENTS DAY IN BROOKLYN

UNCLE CHARLIE WILSON – I AM BLESSED

THE ORIGINAL JEGGAE 83, WILL BE FUNERALISED PRESIDENTS DAY IN BROOKLYN

The Original “Jeggae”

The bar has been raised for the hosting of wakes in the diaspora.  The original Jeggae ….given name Randolph Desmond Bacchus aka Winston has set the gold standard for wakes in Crooklyn.  Last Friday nite, six musical outfits and two dance troupes under the aegis of the Guyana Cultural Association performed at the gala wake and prelude to the funeral of native Victorian, the original Jeggae.

Jeggae, the son, and anta banta specialist also performed for the throw down group and invoked the spirits of content and gratitude for his Dad who passed away a week ago after a prolonged illness.

Jeggae senior, was a man of many moving parts and skills. Originally he was a baker and learned the trade with the reputable Gam bakery in Cove and John. His eldest child Leroy in primary school used his last name Bacchus but when he sent to high school in 1969 at Golden Grove Secondary, he discovered that his dad did not affix his name on his birth certificate.  His dad at the time was a Carpenter boss and working on the construction of the same high school where Leroy had to enroll using his mother’s maiden name.

Jeggae senior for a number of years worked with the Department of Community Development building schools, health centers, homes and offices throughout rural Guyana and so when Leroy got his first job in 1974 as a high school teacher in Bartica, his father was also in town working as a Medical Technician at the rural hospital.  At this juncture it is pointless describing the confusion the father and son combination generated in Bartica.  The father by this time had amassed nine kids with his first wife from Agricola and got married a second time before moving to Antigua with young wife.

And when Leroy’s mom died a few short years ago, the day of her burial the father and his young wife re-migrated from Antigua and came to live with Leroy in Brooklyn. This marriage brought forward three kids and dem boy does tantalise Leroy that his father, the original baker has given new meaning effect and impact to the mathematical expression of a baker’s dozen in terms of children.

The current marriage has endured 44 years and on Monday 18th February Jeggae senior will be funeralised.

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS AS RELEASED BY THE FAMILY.

JOHNNY MC CLURKIN AND YOLANDA ADAMS – THE PRAYER

MIGHTY CHALKDUST – HYMNS MY PARENTS SANG

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