Friday, October 28, 2011

Shakira on the mark

Staying loosely on the theme of Steel Pulse for a few moments. The lovely Shakira Martin is the current Miss Jamaica Universe beauty queen. But she's no ordinary, run-of-the-mill beauty goddess. Shakira, 25, is a victim of the Sickle Cell disease and a committed advocate for the cause. Born in New York, she was raised between Florida and Jamaica, and has been a pre-school teacher for many years. She followed up her success by representing Jamaica at the Miss Universe international pageant. The tie-in with Steel Pulse? She is one of four children of vocalist Phonso Martin who spent fourteen years with the band, from their earliest days up until 1991. When compiling my biography on the band, I tried in vain to track down Phonso for an interview, but he was more of a recluse than Howard Hughes ever was.

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