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Oswald “Ham’ Caines is being remembered as an awesome musician and singer by two of his former bandmates with the famous GI’s Brass International aka De Brass. Wingrove Hicks and Mick Stokes , both music legends in their own right remembered HAM fondly and expressed tremendous sorrow upon hearing of the passing of their longtime friend and former bandmate.
Mick Stokes Heyliger told WINN FM news “Ham was my twin singer in the GI’s Brass. We got together after we broke away from Ellie Matt. We went with Samba and Ham and he went with Danny and the drummer.”
Stokes continued “I was really sorry to hear; it brought tears to my eyes. Ham was an awesome, awesome singer and musician. We did a song together called Island in the Stream; if I hear that song now I’ll cry. That’s the second guy we’ve lost, first Tamboura [Kitwana] and now Ham.
I’m going to really, really miss Ham. To his whole family I extend my condolences to them and all the love from me and the band. I hope they are okay.”
Wingrove Hicks also spoke to WINN FM news and expressed sadness over the sudden death of his friend.
“I was deeply saddened by the news I received in the wee hours of the morning about the unfortunate passing of Oswald “Ham” Caines. Ham was an original member of the GIs Brass International, affectionately known to many fans as De Brass. Oswald was the bass player and vocalist; one of the exceptional singers of the late 70’s and 80s. He had an extraordinary voice and extraordinary impersonating skills. Ham was also a good composer.
“On behalf of myself as well as the former band members of the GI’s Brass International and the entire music fraternity I convey my deepest condolences to his family.”
Ham continued as a musician after leaving St.Kitts and up until his untimely death had his own band called Democracy that played in the Sarasota, St. Petersburgh and Tampa Areas in Florida.