Legendary Trinidadian calypso artist Mighty Shadow has passed away aged 77. According to Carribbean360, his family confirmed that he died in the early hours of Tuesday in the hospital after suffering a stroke last weekend.
Born Winston McGarland Bailey, the veteran calypsonian was set to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of the West Indies on October 25 for his contributions as a composer.
Reacting to the news of his death, the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Dr Keith Rowley said Bailey “revolutionized the calypso world with his haunting sound and unique delivery which he crafted and perfected in an impressive catalogue of work spanning several decades”.
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“He was an original in all his various musical creations. His music told us stories about ourselves through poignant social commentary which was often fused with wry humour. Over the years his contribution to the development of our local music earned him regional and international acclaim,” he added.
Notable among Mighty Shadow’s hit songs include “feeling the feeling”, “Bassman”, “Yuh Lookin’ For Horn”, “What’s Wrong With Me” and “Pay the Devil”.