Trinidad and Tobago loses ‘The Mighty Shadow’, the “bassman” of calypso

A selection of album covers from The Mighty Shadow’s discography. In 2003, he received the Hummingbird Medal (Silver) for his contributions to music in Trinidad and Tobago, and an Honourary Doctorate from the University of the West Indies for his contributions as a musical composer

By Dr Kim Johnson

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — The Mighty Shadow, one of Trinidad and Tobago’s most original calypsonians, died on October 23, 2018, just weeks after his 77th birthday.

Shadow, whose real name was Winston Bailey, brought poetry to calypso, not just in form but in subject matter, often using Tobago’s folksy reel and jig rhythms – the soundtrack of his childhood – to controvert the soberness of his messages. Shadow would eventually take that fiddle-and-drum combo and give it…

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