Thursday 18 July, 2019

Young: Shadow brought 'unique voice' to calypso

“Trinidad and Tobago has lost a unique voice.”

So said Communications Minister Stuart Young as he extend condolences to the family of the Winston McGarland Bailey better known as “The Mighty Shadow” or “Shadow”.

The calypsonian passed away this morning after ailing for some time.

He celebrated his 77th birthday earlier this month.

Young said Bailey’s contribution to the cultural landscape is remarkable and immeasurable, noting that the artiste offered something different to the calypso/soca genre.

“He brought something different… from the way he dressed and danced to the layered lyrics he sang. Shadow’s songs were in many ways a commentary on us as a people but also a rallying call for us to reflect and perhaps change those characteristics he felt didn’t work for us,” Young said.

The Minister also remembered the artiste’s ability as a composer. 

“Shadow’s ability to compose great arrangements which were fun yet thoughtful, is reflected in works such as “Bassman,” “Pay the Devil,”“Poverty is Hell,” “What’s wrong with me” and “You lookin’ for Horn” to name a few.”

The calypsonian received the Hummingbird Medal (Silver) in 2003 for his contributions to music in Trinidad and Tobago.

 

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