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The Mighty Sparrow Thread.
« on: April 12, 2011, 05:01:21 AM »
Sparrow gives Powell 50 CDs
Tuesday, April 12 2011
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CALYPSO King of the World, The Mighty Sparrow (Slinger Francisco) yesterday had former US Secretary of State and Chairman of the US Joint Chief of Staff, General (ret) Colin Powell dancing and singing along to his hit song “Congo Man” at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) in Port-of-Spain.

“Aye, aye, yay...I envy the congo man. I wish it was me ah want to shake he hand...” Powell was heard singing as he clapped and chipped while Sparrow sang on stage. Later, the Birdie gave Powell a bag with 50 CDs containing most if not all of Sparrow’s songs over his long career.

Powell dipped into the bag and pulled out one of the CDs entitled, “Barack the Magnificent”. As Sparrow sang some verses from the song, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar held the bag of CDs.

“I know Mr Powell well. I met him before. He is such a wonderful guy. You know, he likes to sing and he can dance to my songs too,” Sparrow said. Earlier on, both Sparrow and emerging calypso star Aaron Duncan, the reigning National Junior Calypso Monarch, performed for Powell.


Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell (left) dances while Calypso King ofthe World Mighty Sparrow (Slinger Francisco) sings his hit song 'Congo Man' yesterday at the Diplomatic Centre in St Ann's, during a reception in Powell's honour hosted by PrimeMinister Kamla Persad- Bissessar.
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TETE A TETE: Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar speaks to a smiling former US Secretary of State Colin Powell yesterday at a reception in Powell's honour at the Diplomatic Centre in St Ann's.
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Re: The Mighty Sparrow Thread.
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2011, 09:32:13 AM »
Years ago I read a story, probably apocryphal, that Powell use to blast sparrow music in his office when working late.

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Mighty Sparrow Tribute Thread
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2013, 04:19:43 PM »
As we all prayer for Sparrow's speedy recovery I am also going to invite you folks to post your favorite Sparrow tunes in this thread coming right up from 1955 thru to the 90's during which time he produced an album almost every year. I don't think any artists in any other genre of music including reggae has done that.

But before we get started let’s take in this excellent Mighty Sparrow interview conducted by renowned pan-kaiso composer Alvin Daniel.

Mighty Sparrow - King of Calypso (Calypso Showcase presentation)
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/M58tKHeYBVU" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/M58tKHeYBVU</a>
Interview with Alvin Daniel
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« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2013, 04:26:27 PM »
Now let’s check out his Road March winning calypsos in chronological order.

Sparrow talking about the history and background of his first major hit Jean & Dinah.

Mighty Sparrow - Jean & Dinah
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/Gso_y-Bqybc" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/Gso_y-Bqybc</a>

And now here is the original recording!  :beermug:

Mighty Sparrow - Jean & Dinah (1956 T&T Road March)
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/jGB6_3g5FYE" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/jGB6_3g5FYE</a>

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« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2013, 04:29:47 PM »
Mighty Sparrow - P A Y E (1958 T&T Road March)
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/UNFFDzOYCrs" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/UNFFDzOYCrs</a>
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« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2013, 04:32:07 PM »
Mighty Sparrow - May May (1960 T&T Road March)
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/x5F39EpWem8" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/x5F39EpWem8</a>
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« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2013, 04:37:13 PM »
Mighty Sparrow - Royal Jail (1961 T&T Road March)
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/tVdocTev65A" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/tVdocTev65A</a>
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« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2013, 04:38:45 PM »
Mighty Sparrow - Melda aka Obeah Wedding (1966 T&T Road March)
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/cGFcX1dEti8" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/cGFcX1dEti8</a>
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« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2013, 04:40:07 PM »
Mighty Sparrow - Sa Sa Yea (1969 T&T Road March)
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/mDAJyA3RS_0" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/mDAJyA3RS_0</a>
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« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2013, 04:49:49 PM »
Mighty Sparrow - Drunk & Disorderly (1972 T&T Road March)
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/osPT21Extkc" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/osPT21Extkc</a>
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« Reply #10 on: September 11, 2013, 04:54:26 PM »
Mighty Sparrow - Doh Back Back (1984 T&T Road March)
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/yR6Evk8IASc" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/yR6Evk8IASc</a>

Sparrow embraces the change from Calypso to Soca introduced by Shorty!
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« Reply #11 on: September 11, 2013, 05:02:08 PM »
Now let’s check out his Calypso Monarch winning calypsos in chronological order.

Mighty Sparrow - Jean & Dinah (1956 T&T Calypso Monarch winner)
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/HZ2_3hqFZvk" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/HZ2_3hqFZvk</a>

Yes he won both the Calypso Monarch and Road March titles with this one in 1956.
Until 1958 Calypsonians only needed to sing one calypso to compete for the Calypso Monarch title.
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« Reply #12 on: September 11, 2013, 05:11:15 PM »
Mighty Sparrow - Ten to One Is Murder (1960 T&T Calypso Monarch winner)
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/zWuRQATlGkA" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/zWuRQATlGkA</a>
Song no.1

Mighty Sparrow - May May (1960 T&T Calypso Monarch winner)
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/renFzJFY2Fw" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/renFzJFY2Fw</a>
Song no.2

Yes he won both the Calypso Monarch and Road March titles with May May in 1960.
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« Reply #13 on: September 11, 2013, 05:40:42 PM »
Mighty Sparrow - Sparrow Come Back Home (1962 T&T Calypso Monarch winner)
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/-JCO8c-pHxU" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/-JCO8c-pHxU</a>
Song no.1

Mighty Sparrow - Federation (1962 T&T Calypso Monarch winner)
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/NZ7mU4DCtbc" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/NZ7mU4DCtbc</a>
Song no.2

This was the year that T&T & Jamaica gained Independence from Britain after Sparrow's great commentary on the demise of the West Indies Federation.
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« Reply #14 on: September 11, 2013, 05:48:12 PM »
Mighty Sparrow - Dan is the Man (1963 T&T Calypso Monarch winner)
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/24rQOy2HZFE" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/24rQOy2HZFE</a>
Song no.1

Mighty Sparrow - Kennedy (1963 T&T Calypso Monarch winner)
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/J8r2HYzBRxc" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/J8r2HYzBRxc</a>
Song no.2

Sparrow's commentary on Kennedy's death here is potent!
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« Reply #15 on: September 11, 2013, 05:55:34 PM »
Mighty Sparrow - Drunk and Disorderly (1972 T&T Calypso Monarch winner)
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/QBPwZXwi3qg" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/QBPwZXwi3qg</a>
Song no.1

Mighty Sparrow - Rope (1972 T&T Calypso Monarch winner)
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/yP1TSToX-_I" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/yP1TSToX-_I</a>
Song no.2

Yes he won both the Calypso Monarch and Road March titles with "Drunk and Disorderly" in 1972.
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« Reply #16 on: September 11, 2013, 06:07:42 PM »
Mighty Sparrow - School Days (1973 T&T Calypso Monarch winner)
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/eHokQWkX3sk" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/eHokQWkX3sk</a>
Song no.1

Mighty Sparrow - Same Time, Same Place (1973 T&T Calypso Monarch winner)
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/deRwfci3GAs" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/deRwfci3GAs</a>
Song no.2

"School Days" and "Same Time, Same Place", two calypso classics by the Mighty Sparrow that won him the 1973 crown.
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« Reply #17 on: September 11, 2013, 06:15:04 PM »
Mighty Sparrow - We Pass That Stage (Live recording) (1974 T&T Calypso Monarch winner)
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/KzL9SzEe2Ug" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/KzL9SzEe2Ug</a>
Song no.1

Mighty Sparrow - Miss Mary (1974 T&T Calypso Monarch winner)
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/ymIBfMOTFPs" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/ymIBfMOTFPs</a>
Song no.2
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« Reply #18 on: September 11, 2013, 06:24:56 PM »
Mighty Sparrow - Survival (Live Performance)  (1992 T&T Calypso Monarch winner)
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/hVsYlv9Plog" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/hVsYlv9Plog</a>
Song no.1

Mighty Sparrow - Both of Them (Live Performance) (1992 T&T Calypso Monarch winner)
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Song no.2
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« Reply #19 on: September 11, 2013, 06:26:42 PM »
Mighty Sparrow - Calypso King of the World
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/A7ED17YnhxI" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/A7ED17YnhxI</a>
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« Reply #20 on: September 11, 2013, 06:27:56 PM »
Mighty Sparrow - Changing the Course of Calypso
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/N36UsB1z_WA" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/N36UsB1z_WA</a>
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« Reply #21 on: September 11, 2013, 06:29:15 PM »
Mighty Sparrow - Calypso Trade Unionist
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/QaOrx6X_ehk" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/QaOrx6X_ehk</a>
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« Reply #22 on: September 11, 2013, 06:30:53 PM »
Mighty Sparrow - Calypso Rivalry
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/N6j2Qv6Kgug" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/N6j2Qv6Kgug</a>

Mighty Sparrow - Tribute To His Great Rival The Grandmaster Kitch (1993)
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« Reply #23 on: September 11, 2013, 06:34:32 PM »
Mighty Sparrow - Calypso as Mother Music
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/BMkKbltjEEo" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/BMkKbltjEEo</a>
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« Reply #24 on: September 11, 2013, 08:58:11 PM »
Now lets take in the Mighty Sparrow live singing a soca medley of his hits.

Mighty Sparrow Classic Hits Live
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I think the backing band might be Roy Cape All Stars.
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« Reply #25 on: September 11, 2013, 10:06:43 PM »
yuh ask people to post and only you posting ..steupssssssss


anyway here is one of my favoriteshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19e-CiRmMcY

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/19e-CiRmMcY" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/19e-CiRmMcY</a>
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« Reply #26 on: September 12, 2013, 05:01:23 AM »
Cyar get the link right now but one of my all time favourites is "The Steering Wheel".........my parents and Great-aunt bought almost every Sparrow record (if not all) and dey used to play dem records over and over and over.....so I feel I know all he songs by heart......

Edit:  Dis is de song......I like the part about de lady foot stick in de steering wheel and she father come out to admonish Sparrow.......ah love it......

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/D0UZGAOV1rA" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/D0UZGAOV1rA</a>
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"Buy a little rag and put it in yuh pocket,
Buy a little flag,
That's de way dey do it,
Find yuh self ah band and
Find ah good position,
When de music blast,
You'll find how to play mas!!!!...."

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Sparrow In Press Conference @ The Bassline Jazz Club, Ghana, West Africa.
« Reply #27 on: September 12, 2013, 10:14:21 PM »
G.B.T.V. CultureShare ARCHIVES 2000: MIGHTY SPARROW "Speaks with the press in GHANA"
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/P1CZXFx4jsg" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/P1CZXFx4jsg</a>
PRESS CONFERENCE @ THE BASSLINE JAZZ CLUB, GHANA, WEST AFRICA.
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« Reply #28 on: September 14, 2013, 06:31:26 AM »
And another one of my favourites......ah really love this one....the correct name of the song is "Well Spoken Moppers"

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/bshHSBD3fFM" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/bshHSBD3fFM</a>
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« Reply #29 on: September 15, 2013, 01:57:37 PM »
i have that mighty sparrow volume 1 cd and for the last 8 yrs or so that has been played repeatedly in the car...this song below is one of my fave songs on it.   also totally randomly i saw the birdie, kenny j and some others perform in a free show in brooklyn in 1999, can't remember where it was though. 

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/GRe8ZdACziM" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/GRe8ZdACziM</a>