The University of the West Indies (UWI) has announced that it will still go ahead and confer an honorary doctorate to Winston Mc Garland Bailey, also known as The Mighty Shadow, posthumously later this week.
In a release moments ago as it joined the rest of the community in mourning his death earlier today, UWI described Bailey as one of Trinidad and Tobago’s most prolific singers/ songwriters.
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has paid tribute to calypsonian The Mighty Shadow who died this morning.
Persad-Bissessar issued the following statement on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has paid tribute to calypsonian The Mighty Shadow who died this morning.
A statement by the Office of the Prime Minister issued a statement on Tuesday.
"Winston Bailey, the Mighty Shadow, 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.
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.
Chief Secretary Kelvin Charles is extending condolences to the family and loved ones of the late Winston Bailey better known as ‘Mighty Shadow’, who passed away in Trinidad today.
Bailey who grew up in Les Coteaux, Tobago with his grandparents, began singing from a very young age.
His talents and competence in the calypso and soca arena afforded him the privilege of capturing titles such as Road March winner, Calypso Monarch winner and International Soca Monarch winner with hits such as “Bassman”, “I come out to play”, “Scratch Meh Back” and “Stranger”.
The calypso fraternity has been thrown into mourning following the death early this morning of veteran Winston “Mighty Shadow” Bailey.
Bailey, who celebrated his 77th birthday on October 2, died at hospital this morning after ailing for some time and suffering a stroke on Sunday.
Minister of Community Development Culture and the Arts Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly has said that no subvention cheque has been made out to the Chaguaramas Military Museum but promises delivery as soon as requested funds are released.
On Monday, at the unveiling of a Bust of the museum’s founder and historian, the Late Lieutenant Commander Gaylord Kelshall, his wife Linda Kelshall and the vice president Brian Mitchell said that no subvention cheque was released to the museum and as a result had to cut its already small staff.
Finance Minister Colm Imbert admitted of being overjoyed by giving Tobago $20 million for its Tobago Heritage Festival, stating that if he could have allocated more money to the annual event, he would have.
The $20 million was a fraction of the monies to be distributed to Tobago’s tourism sector, as an additional $40 million will be given in the next fiscal year for a “rolling three-year tourism plan.”