Former member of Saint Lucia’s Tru Tones, Baba Inde, has passed away at the age of 71 in the United States.
His death was reported by Bklyner which said that he succumbed on December 19.
The online publication said Baba, born Francis Alexander in Castries, traveled internationally as a musician with the Tru Tones, later forming his own group, Wassin.
It said the Crown Heights resident made and sold handmade jewelry for years alongside his full-time job as a construction manager, becoming a fixture on Court Street.
The Tru Tones was formed in the 1960s and had a significant following in the 70s recording several albums and singles.
Its founder and leader, Ronald ‘Boo’ Hinkson said news of the death of his former band member came as a shock.
“I didn’t know he was ill,” Hinkson told St Lucia Times.
He explained that the two had not been in touch for some time.
According to Hinkson, when he was on tour some years ago he he made it a point to visit Inde and went to see him perform a few days after they met.
He said Inde’s stint in the Tru Tones as a Percussionist was unforgettable.
“He had a lot, a lot of flair,” Hinkson recalled.
“He brought a whole new dimension to the band – he was a show all by himself and that’s what I really remember about him.”
“Also one of the things that is unforgettable about Baba Inde was that his life was all about love – it didn’t matter who you were, what strata of society you came from, your colour or your creed, he was always talking about love and that is what I remember about him the most,” the former Tru Tones Band leader told St Lucia Times.
Headline photo caption: Baba Inde. Courtesy of Iman M. Inde.