A number one Vincentian calypsonian in Brooklyn has paid a really particular tribute to Ulric Jones, Jr., popularly often called “Soca Jones,” a outstanding Vincentian leisure promoter in Brooklyn and co-founder and vice chairman of the huge Vincy Day USA picnic that’s held yearly on the third Saturday in August, at Heckscher State Park in East Islip, Lengthy Is.
Jones died on Friday, Could eight, after briefly battling pancreatic most cancers, his kinfolk mentioned. He was 53.
Denis Bowman — a perennial finalist within the Calypso Monarch Competitors in St. Vincent and the Grenadines for Vincy Mas, the nationwide carnival, and public relations officer of the Brooklyn-based Dynamites Calypson Tent, the lone Vincentian calypso tent in North America – instructed Caribbean Life over the weekend that Jones would have cherished “True Champion – Tribute to Soca Jones.”
“It’s a track he would have cherished very a lot,” mentioned Bowman, who penned, sang and created a video on “True Champion – Tribute to Soca Jones”, to the tune of one of many hits of Trinidad and Tobago’s calypso icon, Baron.
“The hook permits an ideal play on Soca (Jones) himself, and he cherished working together with Caribbean artistes,” added Bowman, a former lead vocalist with the Vincentian bands, Energy, Blaksand and X-tract.
“Soca Jones was a folks’s man; he was constantly concerned in all Vincy actions – be it sporting, cultural, academic, and so forth.; in all facets of Vincy life, each at residence and within the Diaspora; and he was positively an envoy for SVG (St. Vincent and the Grenadines),” continued Bowman, who received the 1997 Vincy Soca Monarch title with “Voom, Voom.”
“Soca (Jones) was a person whose contributions had been felt and appreciated, and would go away a large void to fill,” he mentioned. “Given his indomitable spirit, he wouldn’t be straightforward to switch. And for a few years to come back, that void, created by his absence, will certainly be felt.”
In introducing “True Champion – Tribute to Soca Jones,” Bowman described the leisure promoter as “a real patriot,” including: “I personally want to thanks for all the sort phrases of encouragement that you simply’ve supplied me.”
For the lyrics, Bowman sings partially: “Soca Jones, you’re a real Vincy champion/We love the best way the way you embrace the Soca Land/Rain or solar, you might be at all times representing/In some ways, you might be greater than a Soca King/
“Such a champion, you’re the actual Soca Man,” he sings. “At all times prepared and able to help/You’ve got touched many lives in our nation/All ah Vincy thanks on your contribution/Soca, you like your folks/You like St. Vincent and the Grenadines with all of your coronary heart/And like Fya Empress say, ‘You’re a real, true Vincy.’”
Sharon “Sha Sha” Jones, Jones’s solely sister, who helped took care of him throughout his final weeks, at her residence within the Canarsie part of Brooklyn, introduced his passing on Fb, the social media platform.
Jones, who was born on Jan. 18, 1967, had introduced on the identical medium on March 21 that he was identified with Stage four Pancreatic Most cancers and that his physician had instructed him that the most cancers had unfold to his liver.
“I can guarantee you that I’m not going to surrender and provides in,” he mentioned then. “I’m going to combat as arduous and as a lot as I can.
“I may be down, however I’m not out,” he added. “These of you who know me nicely know that ‘De Soca Man’ aint going out simply so, however I want your energy and assist additionally.”
Stating that “there has additionally been an amazing expression of the will to assist” and “per the suggestion of many,” Sharon Jones introduced on Fb on April 28 that “we have now created a ‘Gofundme’ account, which can serve to fulfill this request and need of many.”
On Saturday morning, regardless of the implementation of social distancing in New York, amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, a whole bunch Vincentians in the US lined the brief block on Church Avenue and East 95th Avenue in Brooklyn to pay their final respect to their “hero,” as they awaited the hearst, carrying his physique, and the motorcade.
East 95th Avenue and Church Avenue, thought of the hub of Vincentian leisure in Brooklyn, was frequented by Jones. In earlier years, he served as Grasp of Ceremonies within the pre-Labor Day Vincy Carnival jam.
Jones’s youthful brother, Nekes Jones, posted on Fb that the physique can be returned to St. Vincent and the Grenadines “for his closing rights — the date of which can be decided and introduced at a later time.”
“The motorcade can be passing (NOT stopping) [at] the intersection of Church Ave. and E. 95th St. at 9:05 a.m.,” Nekes Jones mentioned. “You might be free to affix the motorcade at that time, as we journey to Queens (John F. Kennedy Worldwide Airport), the place he can be taken for his closing journey residence to St. Vincent.
“We thanks on your type cooperation on this regard, and in addition on your continued love, assist and prayers for the Jones household,” he added.
Bowman mentioned “large unhappiness” has gripped him due to his “private friendship” with Soca Jones “and for what he meant to the cultural sustenance of SVG, once more each at residence and within the Diaspora.”
He mentioned “True Champion – Tribute to Soca Jones” is “positively not for sale.
“The general public can take heed to this tribute on YouTube, Fb, and so forth., social media,” Bowman mentioned.