‘Get Through’ dies as Calypsonians hold fund-raising concert for him

Calypsonian ‘Get Through, whose real name is Cyril Felix, passed away last night as a number of his colleagues gathered at the National Cultural Centre for a concert to raise funds for his medical care.

Dubbed – Chanting for Get Through, the event was intended to raise funds not only for the ailing calypsonian’s medical care, but also to create a fund to assist others in the calypso industry.

Get Through has been in and out of hospital for a number of ailments, his colleague Ignatius ‘ De Invader’ Tisson told the Times.

Invader recalled that the news of Get Through’s death came as the concert started last night.

“People were crying and hurt, but generally the mood was festive – a celebration of his life. It was a bitter-sweet experience,” he recalled.

Invader told the Times that the concert last night was well attended.

He described it as ‘phenomenal’ with calypsonians performing at their best.

Invader was of the opinion that the two most memorable songs performed by Get Through were ‘Marchand Possee’ – highlighting the many important personalities that the community of Marchand had produced and ‘What the People Chanting’ which won the Road March title in 1982.

Get Through was one of the founding members of Take Over Tent, he observed.

Invader also said the late calypsonian was one of the local pioneers.