Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts Randall Mitchell has expressed condolences to the family of Joy Maria Ann Caesar on her passing.
According to a release from the Ministry, Caesar made her mark on Trinidad and Tobago’s musical landscape as Musical Director and Conductor of the Southernaires Choir of San Fernando for over twenty years.
Caesar’s direction to the sweet voices of this group saw them perform for regional and international audiences and visiting dignitaries such as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Caesar also played a role in developing the cultural sector and made significant contributions to the fraternity as a member of various community and cultural boards.
In 2003 Ms. Caesar was awarded the Chaconia Gold Medal for her stellar service to Trinidad and Tobago in the field of Music and Community Service.
Mitchell said, “This week Trinidad and Tobago’s cultural fraternity and certainly the City of San Fernando has indeed been made poorer with the recent passing of its son in Dennis ‘Sprangalang’ Hall and now a distinguished daughter of the soil in Ms. Joy Caesar.”
As a fellow Southerner and Trinbagonian, Mitchell said he can say that the field of Culture and the Arts was made richer by the contributions of those two cultural icons.