Will we lose AC’s voice?

Veteran calypsonian Adrian AC Clarke is in jeopardy of having to leave the Crop Over scene prematurely. But not for lack of talent, or through an unwillingness to compete, or because of controversy.

The artiste is facing a health challenge.

AC told Bajan Vibes that for the last few years he had been suffering constant pain in his lumbar and C4/C5 vertebrae.

Adrian Clarke
Adrian Clarke

“It’s not something I have discussed too often; I don’t really think about it. I find that I get a lot of tingling sensations in my arms, mainly in my right arm. Doubled with that, I have a lumbar issue, and that came to the fore in 2008. But the whole issue now is with my neck and the C4/C5 vertebrae disk removal which I’m supposed to be having.

“The pain used to be off and on and I didn’t use to pay it any mind,” he said.

AC said it was because of the constant pain that he had not been doing many uptempo songs during Crop Over for the last few years.

“It’s not because I’m old or getting old; it’s because I can’t be on stage jumping around comfortably because of the situation right now,” he explained.

AC said it was something he had been putting off for quite sometime, but after being told he could suffer from paralysis, he had now taken it more seriously, weighing the pros and cons.

“In speaking to my neurologists, I discovered that the C4/C5 disc was causing a pinch and bulging; hence the tingling feeling. Sometimes when I raise my hand above my head I become tired, and I can’t lift weight. There was a point where even holding a pen to write was a problem. That went on for a little while . . . .

“One scary part about it was that I was told if I got into an accident or got a bad fall, I could be paralyzed. So that start to play on my mind.

“The other part that started to play on my mind is that the procedure has to be done through my throat, and in that region are my vocal cords. So I am thinking now I will either end up with a husky voice or won’t be able to sing at all.”

On Tuesday, former calypso king checked into the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, awaiting surgery today to repair that pinched nerve in his C4/C5 vertebrae.

Sitting on his hospital room having lunch, AC said he could not wait for the surgery to be over so he could start the recovery process.

“I am thinking yes the surgery will be successful, because I still want to take part in Crop Over. Of course, I’m not thinking about the possibility of it damaging vocal cords because they are going through my throat. I try not to think about that. The benefit of it is that there is less risk of my getting paralyzed . . . . Am I scared? No,” AC answered bravely.

He said, though, that he was not looking forward to any bad sore throat.

“The surgery is something that has to be done, and I can’t wait for it to be over.”

The calypsonian revealed he had already even written songs for this year’s Crop Over Festival.

Adrian Clarke
Adrian Clarke

“I have three songs I can choose from. And there will be a fourth. I’ve recorded two ragga socas already that I did last year. I also have another two or three that I have to record.”

But in the event he is not able to take part in the festival, singing anyway, AC said he would focus on his daughter’s performance.

“I’ve been trying now since my daughter was about ten or 11 to get her to enter Junior Monarch. She’s 20 now, so she can’t enter it now. But she has a heck of a voice.

“She’s now decided she wants to sing. So if I can’t sing, I can put my efforts towards Azizi. It’s just a matter of her learning certain things.”

But AC is remaining upbeat, holding that all will go well with the surgery.

“Once this surgery is over, a different Adrian Clarke hopefully should be seen on the entertainment front,” he is assuring his fans.


33 Responses to Will we lose AC’s voice?

  1. Wendy Stewart
    Wendy Stewart February 7, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Praying for comfort and complete healing

  2. Ol
    Ol'dog Likeme February 7, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Hang tight bud. You’ve been using your God given talent to the entertainment and merriment of many, so you won’t lose it. You’re arguably one of the best voices Barbados has produced since Jackie Opel.

  3. Wendy Clarke
    Wendy Clarke February 7, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Good look ,hope all goes well

  4. Lucia Aniela Parris
    Lucia Aniela Parris February 7, 2015 at 11:29 am

    All the best buddy Adrian J Clarke

  5. Kimberley Cadogan
    Kimberley Cadogan February 7, 2015 at 11:32 am

    wishing him a safe surgery with speedy and complete recovery.

  6. Poetry Dancer
    Poetry Dancer February 7, 2015 at 11:34 am

    all the best to him. be well…

  7. Ingrid Hurley
    Ingrid Hurley February 7, 2015 at 11:37 am

    God is in control.

  8. Pauline Lowe
    Pauline Lowe February 7, 2015 at 11:50 am

    All the best AC

  9. Kutie Kim
    Kutie Kim February 7, 2015 at 11:55 am

    May God wrap you up in his care and give you FULL recovery, AMEN.

  10. Kutie Kim
    Kutie Kim February 7, 2015 at 11:55 am

    May God wrap you up in his care and give you FULL recovery, AMEN.

  11. Hazian Graham
    Hazian Graham February 7, 2015 at 11:55 am

    All the best Adrian J Clarke my prayers are with you

  12. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne February 7, 2015 at 11:58 am

    AC, I wish you all the best of health. I hope you come back next season ’cause we’ll miss you and your crowd support.

  13. Rosemary Wall
    Rosemary Wall February 7, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    I trust all goes well for AC. #Greatvoice #FantasticEntertainer

  14. EmpressKathyann Atkins
    EmpressKathyann Atkins February 7, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Will miss that amazing voice AC , but health come first wishing all the best !

  15. Yvonne Nelson
    Yvonne Nelson February 7, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Good luck …..

  16. sherma February 7, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    My dear friend I wish

  17. Cynthia Blackman
    Cynthia Blackman February 7, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    God’s healing mercies

  18. Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks
    Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks February 7, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Praying for you AC I have the same problem but I opt out of surgery for now but I know what you are going through .hope everything goes well for you much luv

  19. Cheryl A Rollins
    Cheryl A Rollins February 7, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    Get welll soon darling! I can’t go a Crop Over without hearing your voice.

  20. Jennifer Small
    Jennifer Small February 7, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    All Gods Blessing be with you AC. Believe in the Master and He will pull you through.

  21. Smaxine Greaves-Smi
    Smaxine Greaves-Smi February 7, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    AC praying all goes well.

  22. Marcia Chandler-Thompson
    Marcia Chandler-Thompson February 7, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Wishing you well!!

  23. Peter Marshall
    Peter Marshall February 7, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    All the very best to AC

  24. Candice Elenor
    Candice Elenor February 7, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    so sad..

  25. Valda Thompson
    Valda Thompson February 7, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Wishing you all the best.

  26. Undine Mascoll
    Undine Mascoll February 7, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    A c,with God all things are possible ,just keep the faith

  27. Toni Beckles
    Toni Beckles February 7, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    You’ll pull through this with a breeze AC.

  28. Tricia Lucas
    Tricia Lucas February 7, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Good luck wishing you a speedy recovery

  29. Pamalea Payne
    Pamalea Payne February 7, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    Hoping everything goes well with u Adrian

  30. Tracia Beckles
    Tracia Beckles February 8, 2015 at 6:18 am

    Keep trusting and praying, God is able

  31. Fidelis St.Hill
    Fidelis St.Hill February 8, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Best Wishes

  32. stanford February 8, 2015 at 8:22 am

    put God first, and follow

  33. Roger Gibbons February 9, 2015 at 2:14 am

    Trust in God my friend. he is able to do all things.


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