Veteran calypsonian and Panist Kenny J has passed

Kenwrick “Kenny J” Joseph

When Steel Talks extends condolences to the family and friends of veteran calypsonian and panist Kenny J. He died from COVID yesterday afternoon (January 2nd).

Kenwrick “Kenny J” Joseph was born at Prince of Wales Street in San Fernando, Trinidad. He was the Trinidad & Tobago (T&T) Police Calypso Monarch in 1987, and is a four-time T&T National Calypso Monarch finalist. His highest placing - 2nd - was in 1990 singing Addicted to Sweet Soca and Leave She Alone.

“Kenny J” is a composer of material highlighting serious issues, which has resulted in calypsoes like Slow Down (Aids is Ah Killer), Drug Abuse, Incest, Jail Ent Nice, and Radio Station.

A one-time tenor player with Guinness Cavaliers Steel Orchestra and the T&T Police Steel Orchestra, this calypsonian recorded and performed many songs for the steel pan including Pan in The Wind, Sweet Hand and Doh Touch We Carnival.

Now a retired Police Officer, Kenwrick Joseph resides in the Sand City, Siparia, south Trinidad. He is also one of the best ballad singers T&T has ever produced, and is known for smooth and sexy double entendre in the genre of Christmas Soca Parang with hits like The Paint Brush, Alexander, The Cork, Hush Yuh Mouth, How Long It Is and Stay Inside.

Panorama Jean was the contribution for the 2013 Panorama season by “Kenny J.” For 2017, he wrote and vocalized The Bride Granddaughter.


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