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Mighty Sparrow

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Slinger Francisco, better known as The Mighty Sparrow, affectionately dubbed, The Birdie is the unrivaled Calypso King of the World, with a career that spans over 40 years and counting. This artist par excellence has earned his rightful place as “King of the Calypso World” by defeating every other competitor/pretender to his throne. He has entertained audiences across the globe, including, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America, to name but a few.

Sparrow’s roots are in Gran Roi, a rural fishing village in Grenada. He was born to a poor working class family. They migrated to his adopted homeland, Trinidad, when he was just one year old. He attended the New Town Boys School where he was selected to sing in the boys. choir of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. This was his initial involvement in music. The harmonics of the Gregorian Chants and the Plainsongs of the church that were embedded in him would later affect the depth and intensity of his compositions. His vocal abilities also reflect his childhood role as the head choirboy who sang baritone and tenor in Latin in the church.

Other influences included listening to American street quartets, pop tunes by Nat King Cole and Frankie Laine, Sarah Vaughn, Billy Eckstein, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald with their jazz contributions, and the early calypsoes of Lord Melody, Lord Kitchener, Lord Christo, Lord Invader (of Rum and Coca Cola fame) and the Mighty Spoiler, to name a few.

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  • jcotteri

    a love affair with the Caribbean surely contains many a birdie

    27 Feb 2014 Reply
  • LOVES-DESIRE

    Mighty Sparrow and Calypso - I love it - I love it ..... I will be dancing and shaking things I did not know could shake so well .... I love it .....

    13 Jan 2013 Reply
  • sgtjansen

    I want like to get the the steelpan tuner music

    10 Jun 2012 Reply
  • marioawl

    I would like to get a version of the Village Ram, this song he recorded for wand record label, circa 1963-1964.

    31 May 2012 Reply
  • orang_gila

    the real of calypso... love it ! ;)

    9 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Lurholm

    The true original calypsonian! Love this guy.

    8 Sep 2011 Reply
  • 80sfever

    Mighty Sparrow taught me that if my girl talks bad about my bachelor neighbor that wears jockey shorts in the yard I should call the bachelor over and observe her during the conversation if she treats him with scorn from then on I should wear jockey shorts too and that is the only way that I can keep her. Thanks, Sparrow!

    4 Apr 2011 Reply
  • doudoudarling

    From one doudoudarling to another. Love always.....

    20 Aug 2008 Reply
  • runabeat

    The Mighty Sparrow will be appearing at The Troxy, 490 Commercial Road, London, E1 0HX, England on 19th July 2008 at 8pm. The show is called 'Soca Invasion' and other artistes include the Jamesy P and Shurwayne Winchester. More artistes to be confirmed. Tickets on sale 3rd June 2008. Call 08707 602603 or visit stellatickets.co.uk.

    26 May 2008 Reply
  • beeyawnkuh

    Oh did my Belizean mother play this man without end when I was growing up...

    19 May 2008 Reply
  • tom_dissonance

    heard him on Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour (dogs edition: Russian Satellite.) the man is dynamite

    17 Apr 2008 Reply
  • sigemund

    Came across this on eMusic, and I have been blown away ever since. I've never listened to Calypso music before, and it's a shame. Seems to me that Sparrow is like the Bob Marley of Calypso -- pretty much a genre-defining artist. It's too bad that Calypso isn't more popular in the States -- I feel that it's a very unique and interesting sound, with the political power of Reggae. Awesome!!!

    8 Aug 2007 Reply
  • WhiteAmerica2

    AWESOME

    2 Aug 2007 Reply
  • Squapper

    Aaaaaage is just a number! If you ever happen to come to doubt about love, let the mighty sparrow consult you!

    19 Jun 2007 Reply