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Oct 8, 2020

Mr. Program is Laid to Rest

Today, Belizean artist Gilbert Alamilla better known as Mr. Program was laid to rest. A large motorcade was held through the principal streets of Belize City which led his casket to his family home on Kelly Street for a viewing of the body where family, friends and fans were able to pay last respects. The casket was later taken to the Lord Ridge Cemetery for burial. Here’s a snippet of some of the highlights provided by the Live Events and Designs on Facebook:

 

Funeral Attendee

“We had a situation where we had – where you could see a conflict between the city council and Belize Police Department where the police officers are saying that they just want everybody to social distance. They have allowed the motorcycles to be in they just need to be six feet more or less apart. They told us that they don’t want anybody to walk so we can continue now.”

 

Father Noel Leslie

“Gilbert used his talent that God gave him – his voice – he used his gift to awaken many things – to bring joy and also to alert us of issues in his own community. One of his pieces spoke about violence and interestingly the same thing he commented against was what affected him – that took his life.  His life was taken in the blossoming years – when he was making a certain degree of impact with his songs, his lyrics. He will not be forgotten because his lyrics will live on and many of you will remember what he has written and what he has shared with the Belizean community over the years.”

 

Brother of Deceased

“I want the world know that my bredda mek the world know that Belizean artists need to get supported by the government. Up deh. Up deh. They need fi get supported; look at; talk to deh and know weh the go on and tell deh look yah mien – unu need fi go dah Jamaica or America and rise up like how my bredda rise – and now my bredda wah rise in glory.”


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