President Paula-Mae Weekes has paid tribute to rapso pioneer Lutalo "Brother Resistance" Masimba.
Masimba, who passed away this morning, was the holder of the Humming Bird Medal Silver.
He received this National Award in 1992 in recognition of his work as a rapso artiste and volunteer social worker.
In a statement, Weekes said Masimba and his Network Riddum Band have left an indelible legacy in the cultural annals of the country.
She said: "Having been in attendance at the first ever Rapso Week concert held at City Hall, President Weekes can attest personally to the talent, drive and persistence of this people’s representative. Unafraid to speak his truth, Brother Resistance’s lyrics were often sharp indictments of Trinbagonian society, cutting portraits of the lives of the marginalised."
She added: “Our country is losing its cultural giants. Let us hope that our young artistes prove themselves capable of carrying on the vital work begun by these pioneers.”
Weekes extended condolences to his family, friends and fans.