November 7, 1998
The Daily News
Adams a true pioneer
and perseverance have served him well
ALL HAIL to Jamie Sparks, Four the Moment, Ed Matawawana's Afro-Musica,
The Gospel Heirs, and the Nova Scotia Mass Choir as well as all the
other great black artists honoured by the African Nova Scotian Music
Association in special ceremonies this week. But if those of an
age can be excused for a moment, there ought to be an asterisk beside
the name of Bucky Adams, chosen as recipient of the ANSMA's
The living legend has been around seemingly forever -- the
quintessential black presence in a provincial music industry that wasn't
always as entirely receptive as it sometimes pretended to be.
Claims to the contrary would be something less than the embarrassing
truth. But Bucky soldiered through those pioneer years with his
trademark class, dignity and sheer talent to earn the respect and
affection of people in all walks of society.
Adams carried the torch proudly, and from the sounds of his horn of
late, the skills remain intact and scarcely ready to pass from failing
Bravo Bucky, for blazing the trail to development of the African Nova
Scotian Music Association.