Minister of Culture, Stephen Lashley

Minister of Culture, Stephen Lashley, has paid tribute to one of Barbados’ first female calypsonians, Phyllis ???Froggy’ Collymore, as well as international singing icon, Whitney Houston.

Ms. Collymore died on Friday, January 27, at the age of 82, while Ms. Houston followed on Saturday, February 11, at the age of 48.

Mr. Lashley described ???Froggy’ as a "stalwart in calypso", who combined satire, humour and double entendre in her songs. "She would often make up songs on the spot based on the characteristics of other performers or people in the audience," he stated.??

She wrote and performed Ada Sow Pig, Mama had two Dumplins in de Pot and Doin’ it Bad, Bad, Bad till the Mornin’.

The Minister stated that Ms. Houston’s musical prowess touched the lives of Barbadians and influenced the careers of many artistes here. "The lives of both ladies should inspire hope in us as we build the cultural industries in Barbados," Mr. Lashley stated.

Some of Ms. Houston’s songs included How will I know, Saving all my love for you, Didn’t We Almost Have It All and the worldwide hit I Will Always Love You.


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