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Winsford “Joker” Devine

Prolific writer Winsford ‘Joker’ Devine passes away

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Dr Winsford ‘Joker’ Devine, iconic Trinbagonian calypso songwriter and self-taught musician, has passed away at the age of 77 after a long illness.

He died at 4am on Tuesday 22 June 2021 at Port-of-Spain General Hospital after complaining of chest pain.


Devine wrote more than 600 calypsos. Some of his classics include Doh Back Back, Saltfish and Memories, performed by Mighty Sparrow; Progress, by King Austin; and Too Young to Soca,by Machel Montano. He has also worked with artistes including Baron, Crazy, Mighty Trini, Anselm Douglas and Singing Francine.

The Curry Tabanca composer is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Theresa, eight children and his grandchildren.

Speaking of his death, his daughter Alison told Newsday: ” He wasn’t too well and would always tell us to brace ourselves, because he thinks the end is coming near for him.”


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