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'World a little less bright' after Aretha Franklin's passing — Grange

Thursday, August 16, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange says after the death of the American singer, Aretha Franklin this morning, "the world is a little less bright ".

“For seven decades, hers was one of the world's best singing voices. Aretha Franklin, who started her singing career as a child went on to become the leading female soul singer of her time, so much so that she earned the title of the 'Queen of Soul', “ Grange was quoted as saying in a release from her ministry.

“Aretha Franklin was hugely popular in Jamaica. We remember her visit to Montego Bay in 1982 to perform at the Jamaica World Music Festival where she delighted us all with her powerful renditions of 'RESPECT' and the soulful 'I Say A Little Prayer'.

“The world is a little less bright today with Aretha's passing, but we can take consolation in her music. We are grateful for the time she spent with us and the treasures she has left behind. The world will never forget this great woman with the great voice and the powerful songs that she sang,” Grange added.

Aretha Franklin, affectionately titled the “Queen of Soul”, died today at the age of 76 from advanced pancreatic cancer. She was said to be surrounded by her family and friends in Detroit.
Franklin is seen as a cultural icon around the world with classics which includes 'Think', 'I Say a Little Prayer', 'Natural Woman' and 'Respect'.

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