BASSETERRRE, St.Kitts (Friday 6th September 2019) – Well-known veteran music expert and former official of the St.Kitts-Nevis Defence Force Captain Valentine ‘Val’ Morris died over the past weekend (Friday 30th August), leaving many mourners to salute his professional musical talents as well as his trained disciplinary personality over the years.
For the well-known CFBC-Jenkins Ltd Leadership Course in June 2018, Morris was one of the six icons honoured. He was specifically spotlighted for his contributions to the development of music in the Federation as an early pioneers of the steel pan who served in the St Kitts-Nevis Defense Force and led the Defense Force Band for many years.
Additionally, in April 2008, Morris was one of seven Kittitians recognised for having given outstanding service and contributed to the development of their country locally and internationally at the Friends of Labour-Toronto 7th Gala Awards Dinner and Dance in Toronto Canada.
He was then praised for the significant role he played in contributing to the artistic expression in St. Kitts and Nevis by defining the musical landscape. Additionally, he was applauded then for he has mastered the details of the steel band for more than five decades.
His death came days after the writer and music composer of the nation’s national anthem ‘O Land of Beauty’, Kenrick Georges, passed away at the age of 64 on Monday 26th August.