Calypsonian Mighty Daygo has died


When spoke with Daygo’s father on Wednesday, he confirmed that his son finally succumbed to his long-standing battle with diabetes, after being in and out of hospital for a number of months.

Daygo’s father, who is also a popular local calypsonian, performing under the name, the “Mighty Lala”, indicated that he and other family members were present on Wednesday morning when Daygo gave his final breath of life. Lala said that he became very sad when Daygo seemed to have given up, slipping away into the resting place of no return.

Just before his death, Daygo had lost one, then eventually his second leg, which had to be amputated, due to his worsening diabetic conditions.

Plans were already in the making by one local radio DJ, Mr. St. Clair “Chico” Guishard of ZIZ Radio, along with parliamentary representative for Daygo’s West Basseterre district, National Security Minister, Mr. Sam Condor and his wife Gene Condor, who were orchestrating fundraising activities, to help purchase a prosthetic leg for the calypsonian.

He burst on to the calypso scene only a few years ago, charming his way into the calypso tents where he quickly became a crowd favourite with his witty and lashing calypso songs, often written about daily life experiences.

Among those favourite tunes that will be remembered by his fans are- Empty Vessel, Wha You Dey Pon and a remake of the song Hero, which he performed on the Kittitian Superstar competition, hosted by ZIZ radio a few years ago.

Lala described his son as an extremely talented calypsonian. He said that at times all he would do is give Daygo a word or phrase, and in response to the challenge, Daygo was able to take that small lead to create his well known carnival hits.

The family on Wednesday was still at the early stages of adjusting to the passing of Daygo and no specifics have yet emerged regarding funeral services.

Kurt “Daygo” Williams was 37 years old and a former security guard at the Pelican Mall, in Basseterre.

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