Lutalo “Brother Resistance” Masimba.

Tourism minister, Randall Mitchell is saddened by the sudden death of Lutalo “Brother Resistance” Masimba who passed away last night.

The following is a press release from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts on his death:

The Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts, Senator the Honourable Randall Mitchell, is saddened by the sudden passing of the President of the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (TUCO), Lutalo Masimba, also known as Brother Resistance.

Brother Resistance pioneered Rapso music, a hybrid of soca and rap, in the 1970s and was a founding member of the Network Riddim Band.

He was an author, a poet, an entrepreneur, an academic and a cultural and social activist.

“We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and members of the cultural community.

We are grateful for his immeasurable contribution to the Calypso artformand to the development of Rapso.

In his leadership of TUCO, his unwavering commitment and dedication to our culture shone through. The cultural fraternity has lost a patriot, advocate and friend,” said Minister Mitchell.

Brother Resistance’s iconic song, “Ring the Bell,” transcended Rapso audiences, and the bell that accompanied him to most of his engagements, became a symbol of his work both inside and outside of the cultural sphere.

He mentored many young artists and is credited with introducing Lord Pretender to a younger generation through his collaboration on the remix of “Never ever worry.” 

“He represented our Trinbago culture well, and his sudden passing comes as quite a shock as we have been communicating more frequently over the last few months on artiste vaccinations and travel, and general ideas of recovery in the arts and entertainment sector,” said Minister Mitchell. 

“Even as we mourn his death, we celebrate his innovation and creativity today. We thank his family for allowing him to share his time and talents with us, as well as for his numerous contributions to our nation’s cultural heritage.