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.
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 .