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Calypsonian Shadow on crime: It is madness!

By Michelle Loubon

“It’s madness. The whole world is in turmoil.” 

Veteran calypsonian Shadow (Winston Bailey) made this comment about social ills in the country at yesterday’s lunchtime edition of  Soca in bSquare at Woodford Square, Port of Spain. 

Shadow performed “Bassman” and “Stranger” before an appreciative audience. 

In December, Bailey was the victim of crime after gunmen stole his sport utility vehicle (SUV) at his Mt Hope home. 

Liming backstage with calypsonian Blackie, Shadow accepted a steady stream of congratulations from well wishers.  

Asked how he felt about crime and child abuse, Shadow said: “It is a different time. It is madness. Crazy things are happening. It’s madness. It’s just wrong. And it can’t continue. It’s wrong when people are going (having sexual intercourse) with little children.”

Shadow made reference to his song “Everybody Is Somebody”. 

Then he asked,  “Where is the love? If you spell Love backwards you get e-v-o-l. It is evil. Crime is going on all around the place.”

He also referred to his classic “Poverty Is Hell”.

“Many people are in jail. People are saying they are criminals. There are good people in jail. They just need help,” he said. 

Asked about his stolen vehicle, he said: “I didn’t get it back. I might have to buy another one. It could have been worse. They could have killed me. I could have crashed. But right now I am going to Normandie Hotel (St Ann’s). I pray a lot.” 

On a lighter note, Shadow said: “I like to make everybody happy. I used to fill up here (Woodford Square) with men like Short Shirt (Antigua). He sang “Tourist Leggo”. It is a good feeling to be back.” 

Born in Les Coteaux, Tobago, Bailey won the Road March title in 1974 and 2001. In 2000, he won the National Calypso Monarch title. In 2002, he won the International Soca Monarch title. In 2003, he received the Humming Bird Medal (silver) national award. See Page 19

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