Veteran calypsonian Winston Bailey, better known as The Mighty Shadow, will be recognised for his contribution to the arts with a honorary degree from the University of the West Indies in October.
Shadow will receive an Honorary Doctor of Letters for Contributions as a Musical Composer. The degree ceremonies on 25-27 October will be streamed online from the St Augustine campus in Trinidad.
His career has spanned several decades, and his body of work includes beloved classics like Bassman, Tension, Feeling the Feeling, Dingolay, Poverty is Hell, Yuh Looking for Horn and Stranger. He won Road March in 1974 for Bassman, and became the oldest winner when he won again in 2001 for Stranger, a tune that also won him International Soca Monarch.
Instantly recognisable in his black outfits and for his signature skip-rope style dance, Shadow’s craft, abstract humour and powerful lyrics have had a huge influence on calypso. Now in his 70s, it’s wonderful to see a musician of his stature finally receiving his due.