Mighty Sparrow Calypso King of the World

Mighty Sparrow Calypso King of the World

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Mighty Sparrow Calypso King of the World

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.. better known as The Mighty Sparrow, affectionately dubbed, The Birdie is the unrivalled 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.

Mighty Sparrow Calypso King of the World
Mighty Sparrow Calypso King of the World

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.

At the tender age of 20, Sparrow emerged, as the leading Calypsonian with his record-breaking hit, Jean and Dinah. (Yankees Gone, 1956 covered by Harry Belafonte). Throughout the years he managed to showcase his diversity each year with the release of at least one album dating from the catchy Jean and Dinah. in 1956 to Carnival Boycott (1957, a song responsible for the many changes and improvement for mass men, calypsonians and steelband men). This song was eventually responsible for the formation of the Carnival Development Committee. An organization to assist calypsonians, steelband men and mas men. This committee was fully endorsed by the Founding Father of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Eric Eustace Williams.

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Mighty Sparrow Calypso King of the World

In 1958 he became the only calypsonian to have had a triple win, in the same year, in the Road March Competition. The calypsoes were P.A.Y.E. (Pay As You Earn, a song that enabled the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago, to understand the importance of paying taxes). Russian Satellite (a song reflecting on the act of cruelty to animals) and Theresa (a number where, for the first time in his career, he utilized other languages). In an unprecedented move, he was awarded a cash prize by the Carnival Development Committee, for winning the Road March Competition that year.

In 1959 he released Federation, (a song that reflected his disappointment over the breaking up of the proposed Caribbean Federation). In 1960 his career continued to soar with the melodious May May and Leave the damn Doctor, Royal Jail and Ten to one is Murder followed in 1961. In 1962 he presented us with Sparrow Come Back Home and Model Nation. Dan is the Man in the Van came in 1963 and the Village Ram in 1964.

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Mighty Sparrow Calypso King of the World

In 1965 we experienced Congo Man. In that same year Sparrow proved himself a balladeer with his remake of Arthur Prysock’s original, Only A Fool Breaks His Own Heart accompanied by Byron Lee and the Dragonaires. This rendition won him a Gold Record in Holland. He also recorded Frank Sinatra’s My Way and Lucho Gatica’s “El Reloj”.

In 1966, He won the Road March Competition again with Melda and 1967 he advised the youth on the importance of Education. Mr. Walker was his hit in 1968, he won the Road March Competition again in 1969 with Sa Sa Yea and in 1970 he appealed to the people of this world to Love one Another and Lend A Hand. These songs appealed to the country for unity “Unity somehow if Trinidad ever needed you is now”.

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Mighty-Sparrow Barrak Obama

In 1971 Good Citizen followed and in 1972 he won the Calypso Monarch and Road March Competitions with Drunk and Disorderly. No Kind of Man at all was released in 1973 and We Pass That Stage (a strong social commentary in 1974. In 1975 he gave us a psychological analysis, showing where the rich is envious of the poor with Neurosis of the Rich. The Mayor of Detroit, Coleman Young, also presented him with the keys to the city.

In 1976 we got the humorous Salt Fish, and in 1977 he lead the Caribbean with a tribute to Hasley Crawford, the Olympic Gold Medallist. In the same year, during FESTAC, in Nigeria, Sparrow received the honorary title of Chief of the Yorubas, (which is Chief Omo Wale of Ikoyi).

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In 1978 he paid tribute to Penny Commissiong (the first black Miss Universe) with The First Black Miss Universe, and chided Idi Amin Dada, tyrant in Africa. Kerry Packer (a song about the cricket revolution) followed in 1979 and in 1980 the Shah of Iran (Wanted Dead or Alive ). This number was covered by the popular American group, Manhattan Transfer.

Sparrow continued to climb the ladder of success while becoming the most popular caypsonian of all time. He demonstrated year after year, with his social commentaries that the calypsonian is really the eyes and ears of the people. In 1981 he registered his social/political Commentaries. We Like It So and his first chutney contribution Sexy Marajhin another liguistic inclusion. In 1982 he gave us Human Rights and in 1983 another powerful, State of the Union address Capitalism Gone Mad. He added another Road March title to his record in 1984 with Doh Back Back and in 1985 he demonstrated to the youth in the business that he can step up to another level when necessary with Soca Pressure.

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Around this same time, Mayor Ed Koch of New York proclaimed March 18th, The Mighty Sparrow Day. He dealt with another evil of society in 1986 advising the vulnerable that Coke Is Not It. In 1987 he thrilled the world with another classic, the humorous Lying Excuses. He made another appearance in Nigeria, this time as Chief Omo Wale of Ikoyi, during his National Tour of Afirca and upon his return he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree, Doctor of Letters, from the University of the West Indies. Hence, the reason for Dr. Bird his chronicling of the event at the University of the West Indies, (using humor again as he always does She had a headache and this Dr. Bird performed a myomectamy on her) in 1988.

Manjhay, and Dutch Romance (which gave us a touch of French and Dutch languages) in 1989. In 1990 he gave us Let the Music Play and was inducted into the SUNSHINE Awards Calypso and Steelband Music Hall of Fame on June 24th. That same day the Brooklyn Borough President, Howard Golder proclaimed the day The Mighty Sparrow Day. Another strong social commentary, We Could Make It Easy If We Try and Precious a dedication to his daughter followed in 1991.

Sparrow continued to define the true meaning of “The Calypso King of the World. In 1992 with Both of Them, Crown Heights Justice and Man will Survive. All making a big impact in the Caribbean and the United States.

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In 1993 he sang Put On Your Dancing Shoes and More the Merrier and in 1994 told the youth on his heels that Age Is Just A Number and Salvation, underscoring his roots as a choirboy in the church. In 1995 he gave us a course in history where once again he kept the linguistic involvement Democracy In Haiti (Liberte) and a keen sense of observation with the social situation at home This Is Madness, (“Why have we cast aside intelligence and abandon common sense with unprecedented violence for which there is no known defense”). Incidentally these gems earned him third place in the Calypso Monarch Competition. He gave us OJ (the juice is loose) and the Royal Divorce in 1996 and an assortment of Soca Ballads in 1997.

This illustrious lyricist/composer/singer/comedian/entertainer is an 11 time Calypso Monarch. This includes winning the King of Kings Competition (where every monarch in the calypso world is invited to compete against the Mighty Sparrow, each time suffering total defeat at his hands) in Trinidad. He also won the Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival Road March Competition eight (8) times, second only to the Lord Kitchener, (his songs were selected and played most often by the bands in this category). Sparrow received many other University citations and awards from Governments and organizations too numerous to mention.

Mighty Sparrow Calypso King of the World
Mighty Sparrow Calypso King of the World

Now in 1998, The Mighty Sparrow, continues to rule the Calypso/Soca world with his voice, lyrics and melodies. He is demonstrating once more that he is the King. His new release, The Supreme Serenader is full of dance, humor and facts. The first track Paramaribo is not only a beautiful rendition of how he was captivated by the girls in Surinam but it also demonstrates the depth of his thoughts and his gratitude for a land of style and grace.

Santo Domingo is a track full of dance and proof positive that the King is truly global with his music. He will be embraced by the Latino communities around the world for this one. Racism is a very powerful social commentary, both lyrically and musically. In this song, Sparrow once again deals with an issue of international concern while at the same time reflecting on those who have been in the forefront of the struggle.

Willie Dead is a humorously and classically executed double entendre, so convincing that you will mourn for Willie. Another powerful and appealing social commentary is Raperman.The King assumes the role of messenger and protector of women and underscores his position with the following tracks, Born To Love, and Don’t Give It Up.

The Mighty Sparrow has proved himself as the Quintessential Calypsonian, par excellence, with over seventy (70) albums to his credit. He is richly endowed with many gifts. He possesses an amazing ability not only to put into works and tempo the exploits of society, but to crown it all with showmanship and appeal. His great contribution to the art-form and our lives has unraveled the mysteries of Caribbean life, leaving the professionally trained sociologist and economist befuddled.

A combination of talent, hard work and opportunity enabled Sparrow’s ascendance to Calypso King of the World. He brought honor, glory and dignity to an indigenous art form that was once scorned upon by the elite of Caribbean society. He is one extraordinary entertainer who utilizes the medium he masters not just to entertain but also to edify, enlighten, and educate.

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Mighty Sparrow Calypso King of the World

The King is currently preparing for the new millennium when he will re-enter the World Monarch and Road March Competitions for a cataclysmic encounter with his competitors.


ROAD MARCHES WON & YEARS

YEAR ROAD MARCH
1956 JEAN AND DINAH
1958 PAY AS YOU EARN
1960 MAE MAE
1961 ROYAL JAIL
1966 OBEAH WEDDING
1969 SA SA YEA
1972 DRUNK & DISORDERLY
1984 DOH BACK BACK

 

CALYPSO KING OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO WON & YEARS

YEAR SELECTIONS
1956 JEAN AND DINAH
1960 MAE MAE & TEN TO ONE
1962 SPARROW COME BACK HOME & FEDERATION
1963 DAN IS THE MAN & KENNEDY AND KRUSCHEV
1972 ROPE & DRUNK AND DISORDERLY
1973 HAPPY SCHOOL DAYS & SAME TIME, SAME PLACE
1974 WE PASS THAT STAGE & MISS MARY
1992 BOTH OF DEM & FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL

 

Mighty-SparrowOTHER LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENTS, HONORS, TITLES ETC.

  • 1963
    CALYPSO KING AWARD for “DAN IS THE MAN” & “KENNEDY”Presented by CARNIVAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
  • 1969
    “HUMMING BIRD MEDAL” Silver – presented by THE GOVERNMENT OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
  • 1970
    RESOLUTION for creativity during 1950/1960 presented by Newark Municipal Council.  City of Newark , New Jersey.
  • 1972
    1ST PLACE CALYPSO KING AWARD Presented by ST. THOMAS VIRGIN ISLANDS.
  • 1973
    RECOGNITION AND CONTRIBUTION AWARD presented by CARNIVAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
  • 1975
    ROAD MARCH AWARD for Steel band Music presented by Virgin Island Carnival Committee.
  • 1977
    CHIEFTAINCY CHIEF OMO WALE OF IKOYI presented by THE GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA
  • 1978
    MOLSON AWARD for Best Performer presented by CARIBANA COMMITTEE.
  • 1980
    1. HONOUR AWARD presented by LEGISLATURE OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
    2. February RECOGNITION AWARD presented by TRINIDAD & TOBAGO HOTEL AND TOURISM ASSOCIATION
    3. March 2nd, CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION presented by VISHVAR HINDU HARRISAD TRINIDAD & TOBAGO INC.
    4. April 16th, APPRECIATION & RECOGNITION AWARD for Developing the folk art of Calypso Presented by VIRGIN ISLANDS CARNIVAL COMMITTEE
    5. WEST INDIAN AMERICAN DAY TROPHY for 25th Anniversary in Show Business presented by CARNIVAL ASSOCIATION INC. Brooklyn.
  • 1981
    1. HONOUR AWARD presented by CARIFESTA IV.
  • 1983
    1. December 17th, APPRECIATION AWARD for Refusing to perform in racist Apartheid South Africa (Azania) presented by Biko. Rodney Malcom Coalition. Toronto Canada.
    2. APPRECIATION AWARD for Contribution made to Calypso and Music presented by Calypso Association of Canada.
  • 1984
    1. March 1st PRIZE ROAD MARCH OF THE YEAR CERTIFICATE OF MERIT for ‘Doh Back Back’ presented by THE MINISTRY OF SPORT, CULTURE AND YOUTH AFFAIRS AND THE CARNIVAL COMMITTEE.
    2. May 18th “MIGHTY SPARROW’S DAY” in the city of New York declared by the president of the Council of the City.
    3. August 30th, “PRESIDENTIAL CITATION” from HUNTER COLLEGE – New York City.
  • 1985
    1. “KING OF KINGS TROPHY” For Winning Universal Calypso King Competition, “KING OF KINGS”
    2. July 5th made HONORARY CITIZEN of Austin, Texas.
  • 1986
    MOLSON AWARD for Best Performer presented by CARIBANA COMMITTEE.
  • 1987
    1. June 3rd, “MIGHTY SPARROW’S DAY” in City of Winnipeg – Mayor’s Proclamation.
    2. October 4th, AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE ART OF CALYPSO presented by PRESIDENT OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO CALYPSONIANS ASSOCIATION.
    3. ‘DOCTOR OF LETTERS’ HONORARY DEGREE received from University of The West Indies.
    4. SCROLL IN HONOUR of significant contribution made for the development of the art of Calypso presented by Stag and Vat 19.
    5. TOP 20 STARS OF GOLD for ‘Document Pan’ presented by NACC.
    6. September 23rd, QUEEN’S HALL HONOUR PERFORMANCE for contribution to the performing arts in Trinidad & Tobago presented by President of Trinidad and Tobago Mr. Noor Hassanali.
  • 1988
    1. “KING OF KINGS TROPHY” for 1st Place in World Calypso King Competition presented by BUCKS.
    2. WORLD CALYPSO KING COMPETITION TROPHY for Best Composed Calypso on Pan Presented by BUCKS.
    3. CALYPSO KING OF THE WORLD AWARD presented by Spektakula Promotions.
    4. NAFEITA MUSIC AWARD presented by COTT.
  • 1989
    1. “KING OF KINGS TROPHY” for 1st Place in World Calypso King Competition presented by BUCKS.
    2. WORLD CALYPSO KING COMPETITION TROPHY for Best Composed Calypso on Pan Presented by BUCKS.
    3. CALYPSO KING OF THE WORLD AWARD presented by Spektakula Promotions.
    4. NAFEITA MUSIC AWARD presented by COTT.
  • 1990
    1. August 25th, selected into “HALL OF FAME” by the Calypso and Steelband Music Awards Inc.
    2. August 25th, “MIGHTY SPARROW’S DAY” in Borough of Brooklyn presented by The President of the Borough of Brooklyn
    3. November 23rd, LIFE TIME AWARD for Dedicated Service to the Art Form presented by WLIB RADIO & APOLLO PRODUCTIONS.
  • 1991
    1. March 14th, LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD presented by the CARIBBEAN MUSIC AWARD ASSOCIATION.
    2. CARIBBEAN EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM CERTIFICATE for recognition presented by COMMISSIONER ANTHONY DAVIS – PATTERSON NEW JERSEY.
    3. TOP 20 STARS OF GOLD AWARD for ‘Precious’ presented by  NACC.
  • 1992
    1. 1st PLACE NATIONAL CALYPSO MONARCH AWARD by NCC.
    2. July 28th, COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD from USA Senator Marty Markowitz.
    3. V GREEN MOON FESTIVAL AWARD for his indefatigable and fruitful work on behalf of the culture of the peoples of the Caribbean.
    4. TOP 20 STARS OF GOLD AWARD for ‘Man Will Survive’ presented by NACC.
    5. CARIBBEAN MUSIC AWARD for Best Male Vocal Performance Presented at 2ND Annual Caribbean Music Awards.
    6. PIONEER AWARD presented by NCC DC, GRENADA.
    7. CALYPSO AWARD for CALYPSONIAN OF THE YEAR presented by EVERYBODY MAGAZINE.
  • 1993
    1. February 23rd, LETTER OF APPRECIATION written by CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF – COLIN POWELL
    2. April 17th, SPECIAL AWARD presented by Reggaesoca Music Awards Association.
    3. May 23rd, CARIBBEAN BACHANNAL AWARD for outstanding achievement, contribution and recognition as the Calypso King of the World presented by BLACKPAGES NETWORK.
    4. July 10th, Congratulations from HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
    5. TOP 20 STARS OF GOLD AWARD for ‘Try Again’ presented by NACC
    6. August 31st, “CHACONIA MEDAL” GOLD – presented by THE GOVERNMENT OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO.
  • 1994
    1. LIVING LEGEND AWARD presented by Reggaesoca Music Awards Association.
    2. CARIBBEAN MUSIC AWARD for ‘BEST ALBUM’ presented by 4th Annual Caribbean Music Awards.
    3. March 4th, SUNSHINE AWARD for Male Vocalist of the Year presented by Sunshine Ltd. New York.
  • 1995
    1. February 9th, OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION AWARD presented by Eastern Credit Union Co-operative Society Ltd.
    2. June OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION FOR PAST 40 YEARS presented by Caribbean Muzick Festival.
    3. CALYPSO OF THE YEAR AWARD for song ‘THIS IS MADNESS’ presented by NATIONAL CARNIVAL COMMISSION.
    4. CHALLENGE TROPHY NORTHERN MONARCH presented by International Communication Network.
  • 1996
    1. OUTSTANDING PIONEER AWARD presented by Permanent Mission of Grenada to the United Nations.
    2. STEELBAND WEEK FESTIVAL AWARD in Recognition of STERLING CONTRIBUTION TO THE STEELBAND MOVEMENT presented by Pan Trinbago.
    3. OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION AWARD presented by Mayor of Point Fortin Mr. Francis Bertrand.
  • 1997
    1. PIONEER AWARD presented by INDO CARIBBEAN MUSIC AWARDS.
    2. June 1st, “MIGHTY SPARROW’S DAY” in Borough of Manhattan, Proclamation by president of Borough of Manhattan, City of New York.
    3. June 7th, 20th ANNIVERSARY AWARD for Building a Better World presented by EVERYBODY MAGAZINE.
    4. September 27th, DOCTOR ERIC WILLIAMS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD for Leadership and dedication presented by Ms. Lee Keith President of Friends of Trinidad & Tobago, New York.
    5. November 1st, PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL presented by The City University of New York Medgar Evers College.
  • 1998
    1. LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD presented by SUNSHINE AWARDS, NEW YORK.
    2. October 8th KEY TO CITY OF GREER, S.C. by Mayor C. Don Wall
    3. October 8th, “MIGHTY SPARROW’S DAY” in CITY OF GREER, SOUTH CAROLINA.
    4. FRONT PAGE AWARD presented by THE NEW YORK CARIB NEWS. Presented at The Tenth Annual Sunshine Awards on October 24th
    5. October 24th A LIFETIME AWARD presented by TRINBAGO UNIFIED CALYPSONIANS’ ORGANIZATION by the people of South Trinidad
    6. CERTIFICATE OF CONGRESSIONAL RECOGNITION presented by MEMBER OF CONGRESS Sheila Jackson Lee, on November 27th
    7. KEY TO SAN FERNANDO presented by HIS WORSHIP THE MAYOR, ALDERMAN Gerard Ferreira.
  • 1999
    1. February 19th, “SPECIAL AWARD” presented by ‘EXODUS STEELBAND’ Celebrating the Composers…Music for Pan…Panorama.
    2. May 12th, A LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD presented by Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes in Celebration of Caribbean American Heritage
    3. May 23rd, A CARIBBEAN LEGEND presented by CHIN RADIO/TV INTERNATIONAL AM 1540 & FM 100.7 TORONTO, CANADA
    4. 45 YEARS OF GOOD MUSIC & GREAT PERFORMANCES presented by Margaret and Elsworth James
    5. August 12th, AWARD from the GOVERNMENT and PEOPLE of GRENADA for attaining worldwide recognition for Calypso during the century.
    6. December SPECIAL AWARD in tribute to Calypsonians presented by PAN TRINBAGO.
    7. December LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD presented by the Music Research Lab on the Second Annual Soca Ambassador Awards.
    8. SUNSHINE AWARD for Best Creative Humour presented by Sunshine Ltd. New York.
  • 2000
    1. March Top 50 CALYPSONIANS OF THE 21ST CENTURY AWARD presented by TUCO
    2. April 28th COMMENDATION presented by the OFFICE OF THE COMPTROLLER, City of New York, Alan V. Hevesi.
    3. May, AWARD presented by SOCA VIBE CT 105 in appreciation of outstanding contribution to the development of the Calypso art form.
    4. June 17th, PAR EXCELLENCE AWARD in recognition of FORTY-FIVE YEARS of outstanding contribution to Trinidad & Tobago’s Calypso Art form, presented by THE NATIONAL CARNIVAL COMMISSION (NCC).
    5. TOP 50 CALYPSONIAN OF THE 20TH CENTURY TROPHY presented by NATIONAL CARNIVAL COMMISSION.
    6. June 17th, THE PORT OF SPAIN CORPORATION AWARD, presented by Christopher Samuel – CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER and ALDERMAN JOHN RAHAEL – MAYOR, PORT OF SPAIN, in recognition of Sterling Contribution in the field of Culture (Calypso) for the past 45 years.
    7. July 28th, SYLVESTER WILLIAMS AWARD for Outstanding Achievement during the Pan African Century presented by The Emancipation Support Committee of T&T.
    8. August 11th, HONORARY CITIZENSHIP, in recognition of distinguished achievements and eminent contribution to the life of our times. Proclaimed by MARTIN O’MALLEY, MAYOR of the CITY OF BALTIMORE.
    9. August, AWARD OF APPRECIATION on 45 years contribution to Calypso by AMBASSADOR ARNEAUD Embassy of Trinidad & Tobago, Washington D.C.
    10. October 8th, from the CITY OF GREER, MIGHTY SPARROW DAY.
    11. GOLDEN ACHIEVEMENT AWARD at 4TH ANNUAL COTT MUSIC AWARDS presented by COTT.
  • 2001
    1. February 14th, Caribbean Community Secretariat Highest Award, ‘The ORDER of the CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY’ presented by CARICOM SECRETARIAT.
    2. February 14th, SALUTED for IMMEASURABLE CONTRIBUTION TO THE MUSIC OF TRINIDAD & TOBAGO, by Pan Trinbago, Northern Region.
    3. February, The National Carnival Commission of Trinidad & Tobago, CONGRATULATIONS on THE ACHIEVEMENT OF THE ORDER OF CARICOM AWARD and declares 2001 THE MIGHTY SPARROW CARNIVAL. Award presented by Chairman Claude Clarke.
    4. February 18th, in RECOGNITION OF YOUR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION IN THE FIELD OF ART AND CULTURE presented by The Maharaj Group of Companies & The Burgesses of Arima.
    5. March 30th, RECOGNITION AWARD to Mighty Sparrow for your most distinguished contribution to music and culture and in appreciation of your dedication and commitment to the building of a Guyanese identity around the world. presented by Consulate General of Guyana on the Occasion of the GUYANA CANADIAN MUSICAL AWARDS.
    6. March 30th, MARCUS GARVEY PIONEER OF THE MILLENNIUM, in RECOGNITION OF OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP, SERVICE AND DEDICATION presented by Caribbean African American Legions, Inc.
    7. April 26th, in Recognition of the honour conferred upon the Honorable Dr. Slinger Francisco C.M.T., O.C.C., for his contributing to the development of the Caribbean region. Presented by His Excellency Arthur N. R. Robinson, T.C., O.C.C., S.C., President of Trinidad and Tobago.
    8. MARCUS GARVEY LIVE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD presented by INSTITUTE OF CARIBBEAN STUDIES Washington D.C.
    9. July 1st, ICONS 2001 AWARD for recognition of reign as Calypso King of the World presented by SEE WE YAH ENTERTAINMENT.
    10. July 9th, APPRECIATION PLAQUE Presented by KARL JADUNATH
    11. July – ‘STATUE OF MIGHTY SPARROW’ unveiled at the St. Ann’s roundabout. Erected by CL FINANCIAL GROUP.
    12. August 1st, CULTURAL AMBASSADOR AWARD for Bridging Generation as the Ultimate Cultural Ambassador presented by RONALD CHARLES CONSUL GENERAL OF GRENADA.
    13. August 1st, LEADERSHIP/LEGEND AWARD MEDAL presented by MR. ROY HASTICK CEO of CACCT New York.
    14. December COMMITMENT AWARD presented by HAL MARTIN, CEO of CARIBBEAN AMERICAN HEALTH RESORTS.
    15. December 13th, GODFATHER AWARD for Lifetime contribution to Claypso Music and as a role model in the Urban Community presented by Canadian Urban Music Festival.
    16. MAESTRO EXTRAORDINAIRE AWARDS presented by First Citizen Bank of Trinidad & Tobago
    17. PANRAMAJAY HONOURS for Contribution to Culture of our Country presented by Panramajay
  • 2002
    1. January 7th, CERTIFICATE OF HONOR for continued support of Brooklyn Center and it’s Caribbean Celebration Series presented by Brooklyn Center for Performing Arts.
    2. BEACON-OF-HOPE AWARD in recognition and appreciation of ‘the sterling contribution to the intellectual development of the young of the world..’ presented by CARIBBEAN EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM OF NEW JERSEY.
    3. February 8th, AWARD OF HONOUR presented by THE PEOPLE OF ST. MAARTEN/ST. MARTIN.
    4. February 16th, HONOUR AWARD presented by PAN TRINBAGO ASSOCIATION OF TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
    5. CITY COUNCIL CITATION in recognition of The Mighty Sparrow’s Contribution by THE CITY OF PATERSON, NEW JERSEY.
    6. EXCELLENCE AWARD for Triumph as a monarch of Trinidad & Tobago.
    7. March 10th, STRUGGLE AND ACHIEVEMENT LIFE TIME AWARD presented by Congressman Major Owens.
    8. June 29th, RECOGNIZED & CELEBRATED AWARD by (UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES) ALUMNI ASSOCIATION IN TORONTO, CANADA.
    9. July 13th, INTERNATIONALIZATION AND CONTRIBUTION AWARD presented by BOLIVARIAN REPUBLIC OF VENEZUELA BOLIVAR STATE from AUTONOMOUS MUNICIPALITY EL CALLAO.
    10. July 20th, KINGS HOLD COURT MEDAL presented by PAN TRINBAGO.
    11. July 27th, CONTRIBUTION AND RECOGNITION AWARD presented by CARIBBEAN SUMMER FEST & H.A. PRODUCTIONS San Francisco, California.
    12. CARIBBEAN CULTURAL ENTREPRENEUR AWARD – This is Pan Country – presented by UWI ALUMNI ASSOCIATION.
    13. August CITY OF LAUDERDALE LAKES AWARD for Contributions to the Music World presented by The People of Lauderdale Lakes Florida.
    14. 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AWARD presented by Diego Martin Regional Municipal Authority.
    15. Nov 2nd, Certificate of Appreciation (50 years commitment to calypso music) Martin’s Inter-Culture Ltd
  • 2003
    1. February 18th, DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. AWARD for artistic achievement presented by Peter Puchon, producer Caribbean Images.
    2. April 26th, TRINIDAD HILTON & CONFERENCE CENTER AWARD for contribution toward the development of Calypso Music.
    3. November 27th, Lifetime achievement in Soca Music, Special Male Award.
  • 2004
    1. February 10th, AWARD given in commemoration of stamp launch in honor of vintage calysonians. presented by the National Carnival Commission.
    2. February, Award given for contribution to the Art form of Calypso. presented by the national Carnival Commission.
    3. February 23rd, Award in given in recognition of inaugural performance at Carapichaima Carnival. presented by Carapichaima Carnival Committee.
    4. February 28th, Community service award presented by St Lucian community in New York.
    5. April 10th, Official Citation given by the State Senator of the Communication of Massachusetts.
    6. April 10th, Award for contribution to the entertainment industry as a hero and ambassador in the performing arts of the global Caribbean Nation. presented by the Caribbean American Carnival Association of Boston.
    7. April 10th, Award for Community Development given by the Grenada Social and Cultural Organisation of Boston.
    8. April 10th, Tropical Rhythm Award given by Upham’s Corner Main Street Inc.
    9. April 14th, Proclamation declaring April 10th as “Mighty Sparrow Day” given by the Mayor of Boston.
    10. April 15th, Living Legends Award in recognition of your outstanding contribution to the world of music, given by – Appleton Estate, Jamaica Rum.
    11. Keys to the City of Orange Township – given by Mayor Mims Hackett Jr.
    12. June 18th, Keys to the City of Deerfield Beach, Florida –  given by Mayor Albert Capellini.
    13. July 8th, Proclamation of Mighty Sparrow Day in the city of New Rochelle as July 9th – given by Mayor Timothy Idoni
    14. July 9th, Proclamation of Mighty Sparrow Day in the city of Mt Vernon as July 9th – given by Mayor Ernest Davis.
    15. July 9th, Proclamation of Mighty Sparrow Week in Port-of-Spain Trinidad – July 11th to July 17th– given by Mayor Murchinson Brown.
    16. July 9th, Presentation of Borough of Brooklyn, Marty Markowitz on 69th Birthday.
    17. October, Chantuelle Lifetime Achievement Award, Long Live Kaiso, presented by TUCO (Trinidad & Tobago Unified Calypsonians’ Organisation)
    18. Best Gospelypso Recording presented by 2004 Caribbean Sunshine Awards
    19. Official citation from the state of Massachusetts presented by Diane Wilkenson on August 26th
  • 2005
    1. January 2005, Special Award presented by the Talparo Carnival Development Committee in Recognition of the Dedication and Service to the Artform.
    2. April 24th 2005, For contribution to the World of Music at 1st Annual Palm Beach Jerk Festival
    3. April 28th, Proclamation for the International Lifetime achievement award given by Carl Andrews, Medgar Evans College, New York.
    4. May 8th, In recognition of fifty years in the business presented by Afro Caribbean Soul Inc.
    5. June 4th, Proclamation, City of Charleston given by Mayor Joseph Riley.
    6. Proclamation of Calypso Night presented by Virginia Fields in the Borough of Manhattan on July 14th.
    7. July 25th, Congressional Record from House of Representatives, Honorable Charles B. Rangel.
    8. July, New York State Office of General Services at the Apollo Theatre, Appreciation for Outstanding Performances at Harlem Summer stage and throughout the world.
    9. Proclamation of 70th Birthday presented by Kevin S. Parker on July 29th.
    10. Proclamation of 70th Birthday celebration in Brooklyn presented by New York City State Senator, Marty Markowitz on July 29th.
    11. Proclamation of August 22nd 2005 as Mighty Sparrow Era in Brooklyn presented by New York City State Senator, Marty Markowitz on 22nd August.
    12. Award given as a tribute to your musical career given in August 2005 by Spice Isle Association.
    13. Lifetime legend award of excellence given by the YounityReviewers Guild of America on November 27th, 2005.
  • 2006
    1. Calypso Legends honorary award given on May 5th, 2006 by Trinidad and Tobago Folk Arts Institute.
    2. Community service award given by the Brookdale Hospital on June 17th, 2006.
    3. Award of Appreciation for Calypso excellence given on August 12th, 2006 by Mike Andrews of Caribbean Connection and Miami Carnival Inc.
    4. Proclamation for outstanding contribution to the arts given by Senator Kevin Parks on August 13th, 2006.
    5. Lifetime achievement award given by Trinidad and Tobago Association of Baltimore in 2006.
    6. Sunshine award and Heritage award given in November 2006.
    7. Bollywood music award for outstanding contribution to global music given in November 2006.
    8. COTT – 10th Annual Music Award “International Achievement”
  • 2007
    1. Jan 15th Lifetime Achievement Award –  Congress of Racial Equality – Dr. Martin Luther King.
    2. Award presented on January 19th, 2007 by Mayor, Alderman, Councillors and Burgesses of the Borough of Point Fortin.
    3. February 10th Outstanding Life Service Award – Grenada Cultural and Civic Association – Elizabeth Allick.
    4. Award presented for sterling contribution to culture and the calypso artform given by mayor of San Fernando on April 12 2007.
    5. July 7th  Certificate of Appreciation by UNC – Basdeo Panday
  • 2008 Key to City of Orange, New Jersey
  • 2009
    1. May 3rd –Special Master of the Caribbean Award – International Reggae and World Music
    2. June CALA Award
    3. June 24th Citation – President of Borough of Brooklyn, N.Y.
    4. June 26th Achievement Award – T & T and Grenada Caribbean Community.
    5. August 2nd Honorary Member Award – St Benedict’s College – Trinidad
    6. November 15th Proclamation “Mighty Sparrow Day” – President of Borough of Queens
    7. TUCO Calypso History Month Award
  • 2010
    1. Medal ‘In Recognition of your contribution to Nassau County’
    2. Lifetime Achievement – Caribbean Cultures of Minnesota
    3. July 8th Proclamation “The Mighty Sparrow Day” – Borough of Queens
    4. August 23rd Proclamation – Council member Junaane D. Williams – NYC
    5. November 21st Lifetime Achievement Award – T & T Alliance (NA) Inc.
    6. November 21st Citation ‘Lifetime Achievement – New York State Assembly
    7. November 21st Certificate of Congressional Recognition – Member of Congress – Yvette Clarke
    8. Flag Flown in Combat over Afghanistan on board B-52H operation “Enduring Freedom” on August 7th 2002
  • 2011
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