Statement by Culture Minister on the passing of veteran calypsonian Samuel "Brigo" Abraham

Caption: Veteran Calypsonian, Samuel Abraham aka Brigo during one of his animated performances. (Photo courtesy

May 17, 2017: It is with sadness that the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts marks the passing of one of our iconic calypsonians, Samuel Abraham, widely known as Brigo.

He encapsulated the vivacity and humor of the calypso genre and was definitely one of its most colourful characters, making calypso fun and memorable. He also stood out as one of the artistes that contributed to making local advertising resonant with and accepted by Trinbagonian society in a time when foreign ads were always looked on as the model, and the best.

No one who ever saw Brigo's ad for insect repellent would forget that, "Det kills them Dead!" He had quite an endearing persona, inclusive of his signature grin and humorous lyrics.

His contribution to the cultural landscape of Trinidad and Tobago will not be forgotten. May he rest in eternal peace.




For further information please contact:

The Corporate Communications Unit

Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts




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