Legendary calypsonian Mighty Sparrow is now immortalised at the Caribbean Wax Museum in Bridgetown, Barbados.
This is the latest accolade for Sparrow, real name Slinger Francisco. The life-like depiction at the Norman Centre of the ‘Jean and Dinah’ singer was unveiled last week.
The Grenada-born Sparrow gained the title Calypso King through his numerous hits. Since 1956, he has remained the only calypsonian to have won the T&T Calypso Monarch title more than anyone else - eight times. He also took the Road March title on several occasions. Apart from the Caribbean, Sparrow is adored all over the world, particularly the US, Europe and Africa.
For his contribution to the cultural and musical landscape of T&T and taking the art form to the world, the 85-year-old veteran has gleaned numerous honours, including an honorary doctorate from the University of the West Indies in 1987, the honorary title of Chief of the Yorubas, Chaconia Gold Medal, Order of the Republic of T&T and the Order of the British Empire (OBE). Of this latest one, Sparrow said he felt very honoured.
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