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Canada-based Guyanese singer, Pamela Maynard died on Sunday after a long battle with breast cancer, her daughters announced on her Facebook Page.
Locally, relatives began receiving the sad news about the passing of the former member of the Guyana Defence Force.
Her daughters, Sonja and Samantha, stated that "At approximately 8:15 on Sunday, November 25, 2012, Pamela Maynard passed away. She has been battling breast cancer for a number of years and has finally succumbed to the disease.
On behalf of her family and close friends, I would like to thank everyone who have kept her in their prayers and sent their best wishes. Please continue to pray for the family. Details on funeral arrangements will be posted as soon as they are available," they said in a statement.
Maynard was one of Guyana’s singing icon whose breakthrough has been far too long incoming. She is versatile in most areas of popular music including Gospel, Reggae, Soul, R&B, Jazz, Calypso and Soca among other varying types of music.
Maynard made history in the film industry. She received awards in for (4) genres of music including Best Reggae, Country and Western, Soul and R&B from SurfNoir Inc in the USA. In the UK she received the prestigious JetStar Award, the Music Volks Award in Germany and the Reggae Award, best Calypso and best Gospel Awards in Canada to name a few.
The list of artists she has shared the stage with include the likes of Ben E King, the Platters, the Drifters and Ray Charles; also top Jamaican acts such as Jimmy Cliff, Hopeton Lewis, John Holt, Byron Lee & The Dragonaires and Boris Gardner, other acts such as Sid and the Slickers, Yoruba Singers, Aubrey Mann, Smallman Band as well as calypsonian giants Lord Kitchener, the Mighty Sparrow, Shadow, Baron, Troubadours among others. (Demerarawaves.com)