A TRIBUTE TO THE LATE MR. RUDY GRANT

Bahamian Cultural Legend “Mr. Magical” Rudy Grant passed away at the Princess Margaret Hospital on Sunday, December 8th 2019 at 69 years of age. His career spanned more than four decades touching every continent with his disc jockey, hosting and concert promotional skills. He was a prolific concert promoter who attracted hundreds of people to culturally entertaining events in Nassau and the Family Islands. Rudy was born in Pine Ridge, Grand Bahama. He spent some time in Abaco, and the majority of his adult life in Nassau. He worked as a Night Auditor at the Holiday Inn Hotel and also served as a Bookkeeper for the Anglican Diocese of The Bahamas. During the 1980’s and early 1990’s, Rudy, as he was affectionately called was one of the most popular figures in the entertainment industry spending many nights entertaining countless Bahamians and tourists at the then popular ‘Family Island Lounge,’ which was located on Soldier Road. He also served as an engineer and co host to many talk shows. Rudy was also a member of the Bahamas Musicians and Entertainers Union where he was instrumental in assisting in the promotion of Bahamian Culture. Rudy served as a promoter for many entertainers such as KB, Funky D and Cultural Explosion Dance Company. He took entertainment to every island of The Bahamas and internationally. Rudy was a strong advocate for Bahamian Culture and believed that no other culture could transcend the culture of The Bahamas. He fought for the preservation of Bahamian culture and in recent times used his radio show on More 94.9FM as his platform. Rudy’s early morning show ‘Ting Um Ma Jig’ was a hit with Bahamians as he allowed upcoming and seasoned entertainers to share and promote themselves on his show. On behalf of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, in particular, the Division of Cultural Affairs and by extension the Government of The Bahamas, we extend our condolences to his children, Tiffany, Jamal and Frisco, his grandchildren Lawrence and Lorenzo, immediate family, friends, relatives and the entire cultural community. May his soul rest in peace.