Trinidad and Tobago’s very own Calypso Icon, Winston Bailey, better known as ‘Mighty Shadow’ passed away on October 23, 3:40 am.

Shadow was set to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of West Indies Cave Hill campus later this week for his contributions as a composer. He has been awarded numerous honors in the past, including a Hummingbird Medal (silver) for his musical contributions to music in Trinidad and Tobago. Sharlan Bailey, Shadow’s son, stated that his father took his last breath at the Mt. Hope Hospital after suffering from a stroke over the weekend. Shadow’s impact on Calypso in the Caribbean will forever live in his music as well as in his signature move ‘skipping-rope style,’ which is being used by many other influenced performers. The ‘skipping-rope style’ is done by jumping to the tempo of one’s music with both feet in the air at the same time.

The Trinidad and Tobago Promoters Association expressed their sympathies saying, “Many of us called him a true patriot and friend and we are saddened by this loss to our culturescape. As we know his relatives and friends will be grappling with this loss in the coming days, the TTPA extends its arms to offer any assistance that they may need. Once again we are saddened by this loss and we give the assurance that we will do all we can to celebrate his powerful contribution to us all and keep his legacy alive. Many of us will stand in our homes and sit in our cars today and dance to the music he made, we want to remember him with joy. Thank you Shadow.”

Some of Shadow’s well known songs are: Yuh Looking For Horn, Without Love and O What A Life.