Barbados based Painter, Singer dead at the age of 62: Aubrey Cummins found in car, Police dismiss foul play

Celebrating senior love, the  brushes of the late Aubrey Cummins perfectly capture affection over decades

Celebrating senior love, the brushes of the late Aubrey Cummins perfectly capture affection over decades

Immensely talented Aubrey Cummins has made Barbados & Guyana the poorer for his passing at age 62. His body was found in the parking lot of a popular furniture dealer in Haggatt Hall last night, Police confirmed only late this morning after ruling out any possibility of foul play.

Aubrey at Hilton Barbados in 2009

Aubrey at Hilton Barbados in 2009

Multi-talented, Aubrey is known for portraits of popular Bajan and International celebrities – he did a rendition of Michael Jackson last year and has also been fond of setting members of Barbados’ entertainment fraternity to canvas. Aubrey was an Executive member of the Barbados Arts Council, he also regaled many visitors and locals on quite a few Sundays at the Round House in St Joseph.

From Aubrey's November 2009 exhibition, this is Macdonald "King Dyall" Dunleavers with Parliament's Clock Tower in the background

From Aubrey's November 2009 exhibition, this is Macdonald "King Dyall" Dunleavers with Parliament's Clock Tower in the background

While hailing from Guyana, Aubrey called Barbados his home for the last 32 years – many folk will recall the the band “Shade” of which he was a part of in the 80’s, in addition Aubrey reached as high as 2nd Place  in the Caribbean Song Festival 23 years ago.

Ernie Small when he played at Waterfront Cafe, as set to canvas by the late Aubrey Cummins

Ernie Small when he played at Waterfront Cafe, as set to canvas by the late Aubrey Cummins

In 2006, he put out an album on CD, “Moon Over Me” with CRS records had popular tracks like “We have it all,” a tribute to Barbados as well as the ballad “As I smell the Rain.”

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  1. I fell in love with Barbados partly because of Aubrey’s beautiful, mellow singing voice that I enjoyed many times at Round House on Sunday afternoons. His backdrop — the brilliant blue Atlantic Ocean pounding against the East Coast of Barbados — contrasted beautifully with Aubrey’s smooth, resonant singing voice. A rum punch never was so good as on those Sunday afternoons.

    Aubrey, you will be missed. Thanks for the pleasure you provided all of us in Barbados for so many years. May you rest in peace.

  2. I met Aubrey Cummins several years ago through Mike Sealy. Since then I’ve admired his enormous musical talent but didn’t realise that he was also a very talented artist. Barbados has lost one of its most gifted adopted sons. May he rest in peace.

  3. I feel blessed to have spent a sunday listening & talking to Aubrey this year at Round House. Viewing some of his wonderful art little did I know he would be gone so soon.

    He was a wonderful caring person who loved Barbados & admired many of his contemporary musicians.

    We will miss you Aubrey but know you will always be a part of our wonderful island in spirit.

    Namaste from a fellow Bajan.

  4. Did you all see the amazingly poor taste ad from Round House which claims their tribute to Aubrey is to keep the place open per usual? I mean, what a low excuse to use an alleged obituary notice as a way of informing Barbados “HEY, WE’RE STILL OPEN FOR BUSINESS!” What compassion! Choopse…

  5. AirBourne, class is class; form is only temporary.

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