PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – The Trinbago Unified Calypsonians’ Organization (TUCO) confirmed that veteran calypsonian, Winston “Explainer” Henry died on Friday. The cause of death was not disclosed.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of composer, calypso extraordinaire, icon and father,” TUCO said in a message posted on its website.
Explainer was known for his 1982 hit, Lorraine, which made it to the British charts at position number 35. In 2018, Explainer was the recipient of the Hummingbird Medal-Gold National Award for his contribution to the cultural artform.
Explainer, 74, is the father of three children and TUCO said he was “was affectionately dubbed the messenger because he composed songs which expressed the ills of society and the oppression of the poor man.
“Explainer started singing calypso in the year 1969 which gave him a lifelong career of 43 years, and shot to fame when he joined an Ace Producer Mr. Rawlston Charles who produced memorable tunes like Ras Mass and the immortal Lorraine, just to name a few. Lorraine that highly infectious song was indeed a hit with locals and fans abroad. In fact Lorraine made it to the British charts at position number 35.”
TUCO said that in his 43 plus years in the calypso arena, Explainer has continued to produce great hits and has also collaborated with Grammy award winner, Bunji Garlin, Blaxx, Maximus Dan and Farmer Nappy.
“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 added.