The Mighty Sparrow (Slinger Francisco)

2014 Individual of the Year Winner Mighty Sparrow (Slinger Francisco)

Slinger Francisco, known around the world as Mighty Sparrow, celebrated his 84th birthday yesterday.

His son, photographer Sancho Francisco, said: “Today he is very happy. He is having a good day. I spoke to him and he is enjoying some family time with our other relatives in New York. We wished dad health and strength and that he would enjoy all the good life has to offer. We wished him all the blessings life has to offer. He should come home in a few weeks’ time.

“We need to look at all the work and all the joys and education he has imparted. We need to look at his descriptions of life experiences and his philosophy. Look at the amount of time he has had the time to enjoy it,” added Francisco.

Screening dedicated to Lord Brigo*

BACK IN THE DAY: Lord Superior (Andrew Marcano), from left, Lord Brigo (Samuel Abraham), Mighty Conqueror (Leroy Paul), and the Mighty Sparrow (Slinger Francisco), circa 1960s. —Photo courtesy CALYPSO DREAMS HAND COLOURED BY MICHAEL HORNE

Get caught up with news from the news leader
Subscribe now and get access to the Trinidad Express E-paper
SUBSCRIBE/ LOG IN

Sparrow was born in the fishing village of Grand Roy, Grenada in 1935. He moved to Trinidad with his mother in 1937, his father having relocated here, and grew up in Port of Spain.

Culture Minister Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly joined the chorus of voices wishing Sparrow well.

“I wish Sparrow a happy birthday. He is a national treasure. We are grateful to the Almighty he is still alive and still around with us. We wish him continued health, success and prosperity,” said the Minister. On her favourite Sparrow classic, she added: “Congo Man is my absolute favourite. Congo Man is raunchy. I like the presentation and the elements of theatre in it.” Trinbago Unified Calypsonians’ Organisation (TUCO) president Lutalo Masimba (Brother Resistance), who was commuting, said Sparrow’s body of work was “tremendous”.

RECOMMENDED FOR YOU

Exposing Caribbean creatives to East Indian cultural expressions can be worthwhile to develo…

SEEING a family member or a close friend suffering from a life-threatening disease provokes in us feelings of helplessness and even hopelessness. But at the National Organ Transplant Unit (NOTU) persons could help save a life and offer a loved one or a stranger a glimmer of hope. In fact, the success of the NOTU is dependent upon people registering to become living or deceased organ donors to help those in need.

THIS year’s Carifesta Youth Village will see the revival of Boy Boy and the Magic Drum, a children’s book set in T&T that tells the story of a young boy who dreams of making music with his magic drum.

Myron Bruce has an immediate social media hit on his hands with his immensely popular Extempo News. The 2018 National Extempo Monarch, best known as Myron B, has added satire to the biggest news stories on the island with the segment that first appeared on Cup of Joe on TV6 three weeks ago.

Over the next seven days, the sights, sounds, colours, tastes and cultural aspects of all the Caricom nations of the Caribbean will be represented here in Trinidad and Tobago at the 14th Caribbean Festival of The Arts—more commonly known as Carifesta XIV. The Queen’s Park Savannah has come alive.