Saturday 19 October, 2019

Rowley: Shadow revolutionised calypso

“We are grateful for the music he gave us and proud of his legacy which will remain undiminished for all time.”

Those were the words shared by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley on learning of the passing of veteran calypsonian, Winston Bailey, better known as the Mighty Shadow.

In extending his condolences to the family, the Prime Minister hailed the unique sound the calypsonian offered to the world.

“Winston Bailey, the Mighty Shadow, revolutionised the calypso world with his haunting sound and unique delivery which he crafted and perfected in an impressive catalogue of work spanning several decades. He was an original in all his various musical creations.”

Rowley noted that the calypso artiste’s music was unique in its ability to tell the stories of the people of Trinidad and Tobago.

“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.”

Bailey was awarded the prestigious Hummingbird Silver Medal in 2003.

The “Bassman”, also the calypsonian’s nickname among his fellow artistes, won the Road March title in 1974 and in 2001 with “Stranger”.

He also won the Calypso Monarch in 2000 with “What’s Wrong with Me” and “Scratch Meh Back”.

“For many his rendition of "I Believe" will always define the class and talent of this superb performer and social commentator,” Rowley said.

“We are honoured to have witnessed the life of this great musician and to have experienced his outpourings of the best of our calypso culture,” the Prime Minister concluded.


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