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Winston Soso, the Rolls Royce of Calypso, has died


The Caribbean has lost another giant in calypso.

Winston "Soso" Lockhart, one of the greatest calypsonians from St Vincent and the Grenadines, has passed.

Soso, who suffered from a stroke in June and had kidney failure, is said to have passed away this morning around 7.30 am.

He turned 69 on July 14.

NBC Radio St Vincent and the Grenadines announced his passing on their Facebook page.

"We are saddened to learn of the passing of a Cultural Ambassador and a legend of Vincentian Music. We knew him as Winston Soso - the Rolls Royce of Calypso. After battling illness for some time, he passed away quietly this morning at around 7:30. Not only was he an ardent listener but he was also a friend to us at NBC Radio and we will certainly miss him. We know that his music will live on for generations to come," they posted.

Soso was dubbed the Rolls Royce of Calypso and had popular hits such as "I Don't Mind", "Dianne", and "How Some Men Love Their Women", among many others.

In 2016 he received a Life Time Achievement Award from Vincy Care Inc and in 2017 a Culture Award at the Diaspora Heritage Awards from the SVG Disapora Committee in New York for his musical contributions to music.

In 2014, he was appointed a Cultural Ambassador to the country

Soso, who was St Vincent and the Grenadines' first Soca Monarch was also well-known for his exploits on the football field,

He was a former national goalkeeper and represented the country for five years in the early 1970s.

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