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The Mighty Sparrow – Saturday Night 8pm at HLSCC!

Mighty Sparrow or Birdie (born Slinger Francisco, July 9, 1935, in Grand Roy, Grenada, West Indies) is a calypso singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Known as the “Calypso King of the World,” he is one of the most well-known and successful calypsonians. He has won Trinidad’s Carnival Road March competition eight times and has been named “Calypso Monarch” eleven times.

Sparrow was born in Grenada on July 9, 1935, but moved to Trinidad when he was one year old. His birth name is Slinger Francisco. He grew up in Port of Spain.

He was first exposed to music through the choir in Catholic school, and became interested in calypso at 14 when he joined a steel band composed of neighborhood boys. He received his performing name “The Mighty Sparrow” during his early career:

Your calypso name is given to you by your peers, based on your style. In the old days they tried to emulate British royalty. There was Lord Kitchener, Lord Nelson, Duke. When I started singing, the bands were still using acoustic instruments and the singers would stand flat footed, making a point or accusing someone in the crowd with the pointing of a finger, but mostly they stood motionless. When I sing, I get excited and move around, much like James Brown, and this was new to them. The older singers said “Why don’t you just sing instead of moving around like a little Sparrow.” It was said as a joke, but the name stuck.-Mighty Sparrow

The Mighty Sparrow -  Saturday Night 8pm at HLSCC!Tickets available at Lime, Road Town Bakery, UMI Fashions or at HLSCCOr call 852-7223