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Trinidadian Calypso Icon Winston ‘Explainer’ Henry Dies

Posted: Saturday, October 8, 2022. 8:37 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Popular Trinidadian calypsonian, Winston “Explainer” Henry passed away on Friday, October 7, 2022.

The Trinbago Unified Calypsonians’ Organisation (TUCO) has extended condolences to his family, friends, and fans.

The calypso extraordinaire was born on November 13, 1947, and is the father of 3 children: Wendell, Stageann, and Winston.

He was affectionately dubbed the messenger because he composed songs that expressed the ills of society and the oppression of the poor.

In 1969, Henry began singing calypso and extended his career to over 50 years with memorable tunes like Ras Mass and the immortal Lorraine. Lorraine made it to the British charts at position number 35.

Henry composed for many artists and was also a mentor to young calypsonians.

“As a cultural ambassador Explainer took calypso around the world. He has performed in Europe, North America, South America, and throughout the Caribbean. He has also performed in prestigious venues like the Common Wealth Institute in London, The Apollo Theatre, Madison Square Garden, Studio 54, and Brooklyn Academy just to name a few,” TUCO said in a statement.

In 2018, Henry was the recipient of the Hummingbird Medal-Gold National Award for his contribution to the cultural art form.

Thousands have taken to social media to extend their condolences on his passing.


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