Isidore York better known as MIGHTY DOW. Was born on one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean, known as St. Martin.
Dow was born on the French side of the Island to his mother, Gisele Gustavie Leontine Romney and his father Chester Alexander York.
Dow is a member of the illustrious York family whose patriarch, Chester York, is one of the pioneers in STEELBAND MUSIC on the island. He attended the St. Joseph primary school and Milton Peters College high school.
Now living on the Dutch side, St. Maarten, Dow is married to Ruth Lake-York and he is the father of 5 children, all of which are musically inclined. The children’s names are Erno, Fern, Amanye, Jabari, and Reyanne.
Dow started to show great interest in music at the tender age of 5 years old and started playing steel pan between the age of 7 ½ to 8. He started entertaining at various functions and hotels on the island. His first steel pan competition was in 1975 with his father’s steel band, the Pott Steelers. They competed against the Risdon Steel Band.
His first appearance as a vocalist was in 1979/1980, when he entered into a “teen song festival” competition. From the age of 10, Dow was already teaching his school friends, family, and , neighbors the art of playing Steel Pan in Middle Region, where he grew up.
Dow became internationally known in 1986. through his runaway hit song, “St. Maarten Rhumba”, also known in Latin countries as “Baila Mi Rumba”,. which It was later recorded over by 8 to 10 different Spanish groups, including Jose Luis Rodriguez, a famous Latin star of Venezuela. Dow’s other big hit songs were “Soca Salsa”, “BulaBula”, “Ole Ole”, and many others.
In 1991 he founded the Ebony Steel Foundation and Ebony Steel Orchestra, along with R. Francisco Bryson, Leonaris Brooks, Edward Lloyd, and Sandra Bastien.
Furthermore, Dow’s accomplishments include 20 years of organizing the Ebony Steel Orchestra’s Annual Christmas concert, with members, aged from 5 to 70 years. Dow has also been dedicating the last 20 years to educating hundreds of students yearly in the art of steel pan music, thus preserving the steel pan culture on St. Maarten; one of his ambitious and noble projects thus far. His foundation, Dow’s Musical Foundation was formed with this as his main objective.
He has been inspired and has coached many young participants of pageants and , talent shows, and indeed his very own children. His son, young Dow who has won multiple Junior Calypso King titles in St. Maarten, has also been crowned 3 times consecutively in the O.E.C.S. Junior Calypso Competition. Dow also manages another son, Jabari York and his group, Chrome Tone who recently won the prestigious NBE Competition in the Netherlands.
He Dow took a group of 15 youngsters to Hollywood, Los Angeles, in 2006 to participate in Kemet Productions’’s, “Road to Stardom”.
Besides his local performances, he has performed in Aruba, Curacao, Saba, Antigua, Anguilla, St. Kitts/Nevis, St. Thomas, St. Eustatius, St. Barthelemy, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Colombia, the Netherlands, New York, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, Texas, North Carolina, San Diego, England, Canada, Hollywood California, Cuba, Suriname, and Hawaii.
Dow praises his father, steel pan maestro , Mr. Chester York, for his influence on his musical career. He recollects that his father was not keen on his children focusing mainly on music and pushed them more towards in the academic field. However, Dow’s love for music and his consistency and undoubtedly his outstanding ability to create, compose and arrange music, has paid off and made us all proud
“ Dow became internationally known in 1986 ”– Mghty Dow SXM
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