Huyu Mzee kwa kweli miziki yake tumecheza na kusikiliza sana miaka ya 80. Wimbo wake wa Feeling hot hot hot...... ulipigwa na kusikilizwa dunia nzima. Mzee amefariki akiwa na miaka 60 baada ya kupigana na Kansa kwa miaka miwili hapo siku ya Jumatano, Septemba 15th, 2010 Alphonsus Arrow Cassell It is a sad and somber day in Montserrat today. The nation and fans around the world are mourning the death of soca super star Arrow. The acclaimed international performer passed away quietly at his home in Lime Kiln this morning after a long illness. Arrow, who was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2009, returned from Antigua on Monday after being hospitalized in Antigua. His brother Justin Hero Cassell said he finally succumbed to his illness. Hero also says the family will be making announcements in the future on funeral arrangements. In a statement issued a short while ago the family expressed thanks to the medical teams, friends and family who gave their support during the period of his illness. The statement said that Arrow is responsible for taking to soca genre to the international music scene with his 1982 smash hit Hot, Hot, Hot. Having won the local calypso competition on four occasions, the talents of the proud son of Montserrat were spotted by former Beatles manager, Sir George Martin, who worked with Arrow to turn his focus to his recording and touring career. The family said his death is a great loss to the family, his native land of Montserrat and the music world. A road show has been organized to be held at the Montserrat Cultural Centre this evening at 7 to pay tribute to Arrow. Persons are being invited to wear a white T-shirt and bring along a candle or a flash light. The family also said that funeral announcements will be made in due course. Cassell first performed aged 10 in a concert at the Montserrat Secondary School. He began singing calypso in 1967 and took the Junior Monarch title that year. He took up singing professionally in 1969, and released his first single, Dance with Me, Woman in 1972. Arrow set up his own Arrow label in 1973 and began to fuse calypso with other genres such as R&B, Zouk and salsa, which brought soca music to a new audience. He recorded Hot Hot Hot in 1982, which became the biggest selling soca hit of all time. It was adopted as the theme song of the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico, and was later covered by Buster Poindexter, Menudo, and Babla & Kanchan. He capitalized on this success with 1983′s Heat album, and the Rub Up single, and 1984′s Soca Savage album, from which the international hit Long Time was taken, a top 30 hit in the United Kingdom. He enjoyed further chart success in the UK with a remixed version of Hot Hot Hot, which reached number 38. Arrow also established himself as a businessman in Montserrat, owning the Arrows Manshop store. He was in heavy demand until his illness, and performed for President Barrack Obama in 2009 and before that the Cricket World Cup 2007 opening ceremonies with Shaggy, Byron Lee and Kevin Lyttle. Current calypso monarch of Antigua and former Calypso King in Montserrat Bear said news of Arrows death spolit his 49th birthday today.