The Hon. John Andrew King, BSM, MP
Cabinet Minister, Barbados
John Andrew King is a Barbadian entertainer, politician, and current Cabinet Minister.
Early life and education
John Andrew King was born in Birmingham, England to Barbadian parents Harvey and Monica on 10 May 1964.
Described as a feisty, self-determined toddler, John’s quick wit and love for singing and dancing became the source of many entertaining days for his first audience, his family.
Seeking a Barbadian education and upbringing for their children, the Kings brought their two offspring to the land of their birth.
On entering the Ebenezer Primary School, John’s constant singing was channelled into performances at school concerts rather than punished as the distraction it could have so easily been interpreted to be. This was the beginning of an illustrious career.
In June 1982 “Johnny Ma Boy” was introduced to the Calypso arena and the wider community after making a name for himself as a street dancer in his early teens.
Armed with an “I can!” attitude developed at his alma mater, this Lodge School graduate threw caution to the wind and set sail on the unchartered waters of entertainment as his chosen profession, at a time when such notions would have been considered ludicrous for a “Lodge Boy”.
King, a first-timer to elective politics, successfully contested the St. Philip West seat for the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) in the 2018 general election, unseating Agriculture Minister David Estwick. On 27 May 2018, he was appointed Minister of the Creative Economy, Culture, and Sports in the Mia Mottley Administration.
Honours and awards
In 2012, King was awarded the Barbados Service Medal (BSM) in recognition of his contribution to calypso and entertainment.