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Calypso’s King Swallow was loved

Regional 16 Sep, 2020 Follow News

King Swallow was a great calypsonian

One of Antigua and Barbuda’s best-known calypsonians, Sir Rupert Philo, aka King Swallow, has died, aged 78.

King Swallow died on September 11 at his home in Antigua after a prolonged illness.

Over his illustrious career, Swallow was known for his social and political commentary, as well as his many hits which include ‘Fire in the Backseat’, ‘Subway Jam’, ‘Party In Space’ and ‘Satan Coming Down’. He won a raft of calypso crowns over his career and won Antigua’s road march titles five times.

Rupert Philo was awarded the Order of Merit (Gold) and the Grand Cross of Princely Heritage, and in 2011 PM Bird recognised his 50 years of artistry and excellence by nominating for a knighthood.


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