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Tributes pour in for Mighty Shadow who has died aged 77

PICTURED: Winston "Mighty Shadow" Bailey

TRIBUTES HAVE been paid to calypsonian Mighty Shadow after he died aged 77.

Mighty Shadow, whose real name is Winston Bailey, reportedly suffered a stroke on Sunday October 21.

The well-loved Trinidadian artist was known for multiple hit songs including I Come Out to Play, Scratch Meh Back and Stranger.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Newsday received confirmation of Bailey’s death from his daughter-in-law.

She said he did in hospital in the early hours of yesterday morning.

On social media, his fans and friends conveyed their sadness at the news of his death.

Radio presenter Martin Jay posted a picture of himself and Mighty Shadow on Instagram with the caption: “Picture taken in Barbados many years ago. Myself and The Mighty Shadow - a true icon of Soca music. May you sleep in eternal peace king...thank you for all the musical treasures that you provided us with.”

Trinidadian reporter Peter Christopher tweeted: “My father said the Mighty Shadow was Calypso's answer to Bob Marley. His music was certainly, timeless in my view. He won the Road March nearly three decades apart without really changing his style. A true icon. RIP Winston Bailey.”

Bailey was due to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of the West Indies this weekend.

Professor Brian Copeland, campus principal at the University of the West Indies St Augustine, said: “The country has lost yet another super creative citizen, one who re-energised the calypso and soca world with his unique rhythms, nicely woven into his cleverly crafted commentaries on so many aspects of life and living. I was proud to have witnessed his historic entry into the local arena in 1974 – his timing could not have been better. I am so very sad and disappointed that he passed before he could collect his honorary doctorate scroll himself on Saturday. May he rest in peace.”

The decision has been made to bestow the honour posthumously on Saturday as part of a special tribute to Bailey.

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