Hon­orary De­gree will be pre­sented to Shadow at UWI grad­u­a­tion

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Univer­sity of the West Indies (UWI) joins the na­tional and re­gional com­mu­nity in mourn­ing the pass­ing of Mr. Win­ston Mc Gar­land Bai­ley, "The Shadow", one of Trinidad and Tobago’s most pro­lific singer/song­writ­ers. Mr. Bai­ley was sched­uled to be con­ferred the de­gree of Doc­tor of Let­ters, Honoris Causa for his con­tri­bu­tions as a mu­si­cal com­poser at the morn­ing grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony, Sat­ur­day, Oc­to­ber 27, 2018 at UWI St. Au­gus­tine. Ear­lier this year Mr. Bai­ley was nom­i­nated and he gra­ciously ac­cepted the Univer­sity’s of­fer for the con­fer­ral of the de­gree. It will be pre­sented at Sat­ur­day’s cer­e­mony, in spe­cial trib­ute to him.

Vice-Chan­cel­lor of The UWI, Pro­fes­sor Sir Hi­lary Beck­les said, in his re­flec­tions on Mr. Bai­ley, “There is no doubt that ‘The Shadow’ was su­perbly gifted with an abil­ity to ex­tract from the base of so­ci­ety ex­tra­or­di­nary cre­ativ­ity and in­tel­lec­tual en­ergy which he re­turned to source with; an end­less sup­ply of rip­ping so­cial jus­tice lyrics and a com­pelling base­line that bom­barded the base of the belly. The ap­par­ent ease of his ef­fort speaks to the in­tegrity and pu­rity of his per­for­mance as an art-form de­rived from com­mu­ni­ties liv­ing the hell of poverty. No one who knows the hard is­sues fac­ing these com­mu­ni­ties could claim ig­no­rance of his pub­lic mu­si­cal con­ver­sa­tion. We cel­e­brated The Shadow in life as he il­lu­mi­nated the dark­ness around us. Now, we shall sing him songs of grat­i­tude.”

Ex­press­ing con­do­lences, Pro ViceChan­cel­lor and Cam­pus Prin­ci­pal of The UWI St. Au­gus­tine Cam­pus, Pro­fes­sor Brian Copeland said, “The coun­try has lost yet an­other su­per creative cit­i­zen, one who re-en­er­gized the ca­lypso and soca world with his unique rhythms, nicely wo­ven into his clev­erly crafted commentaries on so many as­pects of life and liv­ing. I was proud to have wit­nessed his his­toric en­try into the lo­cal arena in 1974—his tim­ing could not have been bet­ter. I am so very sad and dis­ap­pointed that he passed be­fore he could col­lect his Hon­orary Doc­tor­ate scroll him­self on Sat­ur­day. May he rest in peace.”

The cer­e­mony for the con­fer­ral of the hon­orary de­gree will be streamed live on UWItv via www.uwitv.org be­gin­ning at 10:00 a.m. (East­ern Caribbean time).

"The Shadow" was praised for his mu­si­cal con­tri­bu­tions and was al­ready slated to re­ceive the hon­orary de­gree be­fore his pass­ing.

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