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Stedson “Red Plastic Bag” Wiltshire will be conferred a Doctor of Letters (DLitt) from UWI


July 11, 2019


Honorary Doctorates by UWI Cave Hill


Article by

Fernella Wedderburn / Barbadostoday


A gifted lyricist, a master inventor and a global talent manager will be honoured by The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill for their stellar professional achievements at this year’s Graduation Ceremony.

Calypsonian Stedson “Red Plastic Bag” Wiltshire will be conferred a Doctor of Letters (DLitt) for his contribution to entertainment, while Internet pioneer Alan Emtage will receive a Doctor of Science (DSc) for his sterling commitment to scientific invention. Maxine Williams will be conferred a Doctor of Law (LLD) for leadership.

Stedson “Red Plastic Bag” Wiltshire, BSS, BJH

Stedson RBP Wiltshire (Internet image)

Often referred to simply as RPB, the renowned musical maestro has been in the entertainment business for almost four decades, amassing a repertoire of over 400 songs with 25 albums recorded. He got his start in the St Philip Calypso Competition, which he won consecutively from 1979 to 1981. In 1982, RPB became the youngest person to win a national calypso title at 21 years old – an honour he held until 2016.

RPB has won the Pic-O-De-Crop 10 times, and is a two-time winner of the Tune of the Crop and the Sweet Soca competition. He has also won the Congaline Road March in 2000 and the Stag Jam Tune in 2017. In addition, the singer/songwriter has written hit songs for Alison Hinds, Ras Iley and the late Arrow, among others.

The multifaceted musician was conferred a Barbados Service Star (BSS) in 1995 and a Barbados Jubilee Honour (BJH) in 2016, and has also been recognised by several cities such as Boston, Tampa, New York, Atlanta and Washington DC, and Toronto for his contribution to entertainment.