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By Laura Dowrich-Phillips- Trinidadian Calypsonian Explainer has died
The Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (TUCO) confirmed his passing via a Facebook post.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of composer, calypso extraordinaire, icon and father, Winston “Explainer” Henry who departed this life, today 7th October 2022,” TUCO wrote.
Loop understands the bard was hospitalised but no more details surrounding his death are forthcoming at this time.
Explainer started singing calypso in 1969 working with ace producer Rawlston Charles at the famous Charlie’s Records in Brooklyn.
He is known for classics such as “ras Mas” and his biggest hit ‘Lorraine”, which Bunji Garlin remixed in 2005. “Lorraine” was an international success, hitting the British charts at number 35 when it was released in 1982.
In July this year, BBC News’ Ros Atkins featured the song on BBC Radio 6 Music’s Summer Soundclash.
A father of three, Explainer was the recipient of the Hummingbird Medal-Gold National Award in 2018 for his contribution to calypso.
TUCO said he was last attached to Kaiso House Calypso Tent and was a member of the TUCO calypso monarch adjudication committee. (Caribbean Loop)