Shabaka Thompson, speaking at the On Route Carnival Conference, June 2003

Carnival community mourns the passing of Shabaka Thompson

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It is with a heavy heart that we report the passing of Vernon Shabaka Thompson who passed away suddenly in Saint Lucia on Tuesday 4 July 2023 at the age of 65.

While he was the director of Yaa Asantewaa Arts and Community Centre, Shabaka initiated and realised a major capital project called Carnival Village. He was instrumental in the formation of the Association of British Calypsonians (ABC, now ACASA) and the London Calypso Tent. He was involved in many carnival arts projects in the UK, the Caribbean and Africa. Soca News will carry a full obituary in due course.

We send our condolences to his wife and son. May he rest in peace.

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