Written by: Nekisha Neicy Cyrus
Tributes continue to pour in from the Calypso Fraternity as they celebrate the legacy and cultural contributions of the late Kenwrick “Kenny J” Joseph and Clifton “Mighty Bomber” Ryan who both passed away at the beginning of the new year.
Trinidadian Calypsonian composer extraordinaire, living legend, cultural icon, and mentor to many, Mighty Bomber who would have celebrated his 94th birthday this month on January 30th, 2022 passed away on January 1st, 2022, New Years Day. His death was confirmed via Facebook by his son, Sherwin Ryan.
The Mighty Bomber, a Grenadian-born calypsonian migrated to Trinidad in 1956. At the time of his death was the oldest living calypsonian. Some of his calypso classics include ‘Proverbs’, ‘Mr. Unfortunate’, ‘Juvenile Delinquency’, ‘Despers vs Bunters’, ‘Animal Cricket Match’, ‘The Godfather’, ‘Professor Broomes’, and ‘Land Of Spice’.
Well-known for his sweet voice, witty parang soca renditions, and his ability to captivate any audience, Calypsonian Kenny J was famous for his 1990’s soca parang timeless classic such as ‘The Paint Brush’ and ‘Alexander’. Some of his popular Calypso releases also include ‘Addicted to Sweet Soca’, ‘Leave She’, ‘Praying for T&T’, and ‘Drug Abuse is Destructive’.
The news of the passing of Calypso and Soca Parang cultural icons continues to be met with tributes as many celebrate and share their beloved memories including the Minister of Tourism, Culture, and the Arts, Randall Mitchell who hailed the deceased calypsonians for their contributions to TT’s culture.
The National Carnival Commission (NCC) also joined in celebrating the lives of the Mighty Bomber and Kenny J. Hailing them as musical icons and titans who paved the way for the future, not only through their contributions to their fields but also in serving as mentors for a generation that must now bear the torch for others. The National Action Cultural Committee (NACC) also shared their condolences remembering both icons and their huge contribution and impact to not only calypso but the artform and culture.
We at Caribbean Entertainment Hub will also like to share our deepest and sincerest condolences to the family and friends of both the late Kenwrick “Kenny J” Joseph and Clifton “Mighty Bomber” Ryan. May their legacy and memories continue to inspire generations and communities to come.
Sources include: https://newsday.co.tt, https://tt.loopnews.com
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