Musician Lord dies in sleep

Talented musician Jomo Lord is dead.

Lord died in his sleep last night at home in West Terrace Gardens, St James. He was 40.

The late Jomo Lord
The late Jomo Lord

Lord was born in Trinidad and Tobago in 1975 but moved to Barbados with his family when he was three in 1978.

The son of one of Trinidad’s most influential as well as obscure recording artists, Mansa Musa, Lord was involved with music from a very tender age and by three-years-old was playing the piano.

Sister N’Delamiko told Barbados TODAY her brother was involved with music all his life and basically did nothing other than commit to it. Lord performed as a solo act at the age of seven.

At the age of 10, performing his own composition and backed by his family and Sunday School members, he sang No More Drugs In Meh Country and won a Bronze Award in the overall National Independence Festival of Creative Arts competition.

Lord pursued music at  Combermere School, performing in the Cadet Corps Band, and later went through the Richard Stoute Talent competition ranks, and while failing to place in the finals, he won a number of minor awards.

Lord performed with the Petrotrin Invaders after he went back to live in Trinidad, going to the Panorama finals with the steelband in 1994.

Lord later taught himself to play guitar and eventually started to compose his own music and write his own lyrics. Much of that material appears on his debut album Free (2006) for which he won a Barbados Music Award in 2007.

He was also a member of the Barbadian band Purple Turtle Injection and is best known for his selections Lingo and Understanding Joseph .

30 Responses to Musician Lord dies in sleep

  1. Tonia Walcott
    Tonia Walcott March 24, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    Condolences to the families

  2. Larry Thompson
    Larry Thompson March 24, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Just talk to jomo 4 nights ago in Carlton supermarket

    • Ronald Plant
      Ronald Plant March 24, 2016 at 11:49 pm

      Goes to show ya nuh. Its all so fragile.

  3. Lisa Antoine
    Lisa Antoine March 24, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    Condolences to the family

  4. Judy Kinch
    Judy Kinch March 24, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    This is shocking !! So sad, very sad, had great talent…

  5. Dawn Bizzeth
    Dawn Bizzeth March 24, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    Condolences to this families.

  6. Emerson Bryan March 24, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    Sleep in peace brother

  7. Anna Spink
    Anna Spink March 24, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    RIP Jomo!

  8. Rickie Brown
    Rickie Brown March 24, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    Condolences to the family and friends!

  9. Wilfred Small
    Wilfred Small March 25, 2016 at 12:06 am

    Rip my friend

  10. Alison Reid
    Alison Reid March 25, 2016 at 12:57 am

    So sad…

  11. MizzLisa Annalise Keating
    MizzLisa Annalise Keating March 25, 2016 at 1:51 am

    Rest in peace Jomo, a talented and gifted young man gone way too soon.

  12. Nathalie Awudu
    Nathalie Awudu March 25, 2016 at 2:42 am

    R.I.P x

  13. Marc Menard March 25, 2016 at 6:40 am

    First met him as a toddler in Laventille with his dad.

  14. Azizi Harper March 25, 2016 at 7:05 am

    I’m so sorry to hear. My condolences

  15. Deon Hope March 25, 2016 at 8:05 am

    Gone to soon. Had so much to offer. Great talent

  16. Ondre Barrow March 25, 2016 at 9:21 am

    Hard to believe he’s gone. I remember hanging out with him and Hans in The Purple Turtle Injection and attending loads of their performances. We jokes around a lot, drank together, hung out together. I may have moved thousands of miles away but still enjoy Understanding Joseph and his song Immortal. Can’t believe that the next time I’m home he won’t be around. Last time I was home I saw him on the west coast and gave him a lift into town, where we reminisced about old times. Was such a good laugh. You will be missed bro. Sing for the angels, they will love it as much as we all did.

  17. Dave Boyce March 25, 2016 at 10:26 am

    This wun hit harddd, known dude from primary school days…saw him last summer…sleep in peace bro…

  18. Neil Ifill March 25, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    I can’t believe it. Too young! He was such a creative person and loved life.

  19. Lisa Angel March 25, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    RIP…..My condolences to the family & friends!

  20. PAUL roachford March 26, 2016 at 6:01 am

    Rip bro. Cant believe what im reading

  21. Sandra Cross March 26, 2016 at 8:37 am

    Jomo and his family were amongst the first people who warmly welcomed us (my family and I) when we emigrated from England to Barbados in 1993. He was always so jovial, happy and care-free and absolutely loved his guitar. Condolences to his family at this sad time…RIP Jomo….Thank you…xx

  22. Zanda March 26, 2016 at 9:47 am

    RIP> Understanding joseph. my song

  23. Anton Best March 26, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Good bye my friend. Up and On.

  24. Jolane Abrams March 26, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    So sorry to hear this, N’dela. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  25. Marlon Brathwaite March 27, 2016 at 11:06 am

    My condolences to family and friends R.I.P bro

  26. Faith March 28, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    My condolences to you and the family Della

  27. Ryan March 28, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    RIP Jomo, thanks for the music.

  28. Onetta Layne March 29, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    My deepest sympathies to Jomo’s family and friends.
    I had no idea this artist had passed until I came home trying to find the song “understanding Joseph” which I heard on the way home only to realise that the artist is not European or North American but that he is a Barbadian….sadly deceased!!!!!

    It was a stab to the chest to know this talent is no more.

    Rest in Peace.

  29. Vere Norville March 29, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    Great Singer, gone way to soon. R.I.P


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