Brooklyn will cast Shadow among calypso greats


Herman Hall

The Mighty Shadow.

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Jamaicans who experienced “Soca Madness” in rural St. Mary in the 1980s will not soon forget the premiere performance of a calypsonian from Trinidad & Tobago known as Shadow. On a bill in 1987 with Rootsman, Baron, Bally and others Shadow managed to conquer music lovers partial to partying to reggae music.

“He was well loved,” Charles Simpson the promoter of the event said.

“When he performed “Ease The Tension,” “Peter,” “Feeling The Feelings” and “Bassman” they went crazy.”

The latter was his first big hit and the double entendre to the composition endeared audiences to the lyrical humor and poetic interpretation of the calypso.

“The following years I had to…

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