The Lyrics of The
National Anthem of Barbados
were written by Mr.Irvin Burgie
who was born in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A. of a Barbadian
mother and American father. Mr. Burgie whose stage name is
Lord Burgess was born in 1926. He served in India and after
his return to the U.S.A, he entered the University of Southern
California and studied Music and performed in many cities
of the U.S.A.
Mr.Burgie has composed works for "Ballad for Bimshire"
and "Island in the Sun", he has also written for a number
of internationally famous Artistes. Among his works is "The
West Indian Song Book". He is a Life Member of the NAACP.
Mr. Burgie who is a frequent visitor to Barbados has instituted
the Irving Burgie Literary Award for Barbadian school children.