This blog is about a song bird but not the kind that you might think. It is about the greatest Calypso singer (Calypsonian) ever. Calypso, for those who do not have an inkling of what I am talking about, is a musical genre from out of the Caribbean. The Mighty Sparrow has dominated this musical category for a number of years and made himself into a household name wherever Calypso is known.
Back in the islands, I grew up listening to the songs the grown-ups listened to. Many of these were by Sparrow. Most of us kids were able to sing one or more of his songs in its entirety. The man is a legend in every sense of the word.
Maybe it was a childhood fantasy to emulate the Mighty Sparrow but I grew up always wanting to sing Calypso to a wide audience. At least, wider than just my immediate family. in 2004, I did just that, winning my first ever Calypso Competition and becoming the face of Calypso in my city. I now regularly perform at many functions mostly in a Calypsonian capacity.
Last week to my surprise, I got a call from a promoter asking if I could open up for a New Year’s Eve dinner and dance featuring the man himself, The Mighty Sparrow! I was floored! Sharing a stage with the master is like a dream come true. (He is quite a bit older now and maybe not as spry as he once was but it’s still him).
- Eye On the Sparrow (thehiddencrate.wordpress.com)
- Belafonte hails Sparrow as true Calypso King (repeatingislands.com)
- Calypso Rose: The Calypso Queen (repeatingislands.com)