As people in Grenada prepare to pay their last respects to media practitioner Anthony “Jericho” “D Duke” Greenidge on Monday, a former Extempo participant and media colleague Rawle Titus has written what he calls an Extempore Tribute to ‘D Duke’.
Titus, like Jericho has dabbled with the music artform in Grenada and has been instrumental in organising a number of national and media Extempore competitions over the years. Both men were participants in many of these competitions but neither have won.
The most recent Media Kaiso/Extempore competition was held in June this year as part of the Media Worker’s Association’s annual week of activities, where Jericho placed second to Janelle St. Bernard – Mc Donald and Titus placed third.
Below are the lyrics which Titus says must be sung to the extempore melody.
Extempore Tribute to Anthony ‘Jericho’ Greenidge
By Rawle Titus
Verse oneAnthony Jericho Greenidge Knowing yuh was a privilege Memories of you still etch in my mind As a media personality how yuh shine Where ever in Grenada I go Everybody asking for Jericho To tell the story fair and full-blown He is a king that found honour at home
Verse twoI remember the noise and the bacchanal Whenever the duke make ah semi-final Media people in front Seamoon stage Supporting and creating rampage And was big lyrics one after the other We backing the duke, he burning fire So whether is kaiso or on radio, Politicians got some strong words from Jericho.
Verse threeI remember the excitement on the air Was table knock and how donkey brey And if yuh taking too much basket Yuh getting flush right down the toilet People was informed and was amused When Jericho bust his informal news. We in the media fraternity Must keep alive the duke legacy Verse four Jerry tell me why you went on this flight And leave us alone to maintain this fight Enemies gunning for the media Jericho we need your fire power From the heavens ah hear the whip crack That tells me the duke is watching we back. The pain’s in my heart and the tears still flow For a true media soldier name Jericho.
Since his death was announced, tributes have been pouring from all sectors of Society. He has worked closely with corporate society, cultural, sporting and non-governmental community organisations throughout his decade and a half as a media practitioner. many of them have put tributes on their Facebook pages.
A funeral service was held for him in New York earlier this week and was attended by a number of Grenadians in the diaspora including Council General Derick James former politician Michael Baptiste and broadcaster Harold Pysadee. The final cultural tribute and funeral service would be held for him for him here in Grenada at the National Stadium on Monday from 11am after which his body would be interred at the nearby St. George’s Cemetery.©