Popular Surinamese singer dies following illness

 The Kaskawi singer, Agnes Agie, whose tune, Faluma, was made popular by Barbadian singer, Allison Hinds, was buried on Tuesday following her death on August 12.

The 57-year-old singer suffered a stroke while attending a birthday party for her grandson last year and had been at the Libi Makandra Care Centre. She remained paralyzed on her right side and spoke with difficulty.

‘Together we were members of music formation Aisa Si. She always brought her own number and one of the popular songs is Faluma. She will live on, “said singer Carlos Aaron, adding that Agie was a cheerful woman, who loved to sing and cook.

Given the restrictions placed on social gatherings as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) a limited number of family and friends participated in the cultural ceremonies.

In 1998, Hinds and her group, Square One, released ‘Faluma’, spoken in the language of the Saamaka tribe in Suriname. The song went on to top the charts in almost every Caribbean country.

Faluma is in the language of the Saamaka tribe in Suriname and celebrates their escape from the slave ship that brought them from Africa.

CMC

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