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Halifax singer Debby Jones dies

A woman who found fame as a member of the Halifax a capella group Four the Moment died over the weekend.
In this vintage video from the early 1980s, Debby Jones and the rest of Four the Moment reflect on music, racism and Nova Scotia. 6:58

A woman who found fame as a member of the Halifax a capella group Four the Moment died over the weekend.

Debby Jones joined the group of three other women in 1982 and performed until 1988. The singers travelled across Canada, playing Vancouver's Expo 86 and the 1988 Calgary Olympics. 

Delvina Bernard, one of Four the Moments' original members, said Jones would be missed.

"She just had such a love for life, a love for people, a love for children and community. [She had] pride in her womanness and pride in her culture as a person of African descent," she said.

"She fought a good fight and she leaves a wonderful legacy of love, and that's the most that we can ask for on this earth."

Jones left the group in the late 1980s, but it continued until 2000. Jones's brother is Burnley "Rocky" Jones, a prominent Halifax lawyer and civil rights activist.

Bernard said the Jones family was a big part of her friend's personal and musical life.

"I can't think of an event that I go to with the Jones family that someone in the family wouldn't say, 'OK, let's get a sing -song going. That's just the Jones family way — they love music," Bernard said.

"We were an a capella quartet doing four-part harmony, so she was easy to work with as far as learning her parts and never wavering on stage."

Jones died of cancer on Saturday. She was in her late fifties.