Vincentian Calypsonian cultural ambassador Winston Soso died Sunday of kidney failure. He celebrated his 69th birthday on Wednesday.
Soso, who served as a goalkeeper for the St Vincent national football team from the early to mid-1970s, suffered kidney failure in July of last year and was placed on dialysis three times per week. He had a stroke shortly thereafter. Soso hasn’t been able to work since that time and fans have started raising money to help him.
Hailed as the Rolls Royce of calypso by the people of St Vincent, Soso performed regularly in Trinidad in the 1970s to 1990s with popular songs such as “Dianne”, “In The Panyard”, I Doh Mind “,” Fool Around, “” All A Man Want “,” Carnival “and the seminal” Out On The Edge “.
Many of Soso’s songs focused on the physical attributes of women and the interactions with them, for which he made no apologies, saying, “Women make big fans. And more than that, you can’t go to a party and find a man.
Throughout Soso’s career he has written several hundred songs and legendary music producer Frankie Mc Intosh has arranged most of them, including his greatest hits. Soso has always said in an interview that Vincey’s other calypso legends, Becket (Alston Cyrus) and Scorcher (Cyril Thomas) are his biggest musical inspiration.