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Celebrating calypso royalty
Despite the continuing World Cup excitement
and frenzy, the weekend past had its fair share
of cultural activity. Another edition of the
annual Prime Minister s Best Village Trophy
Competition Folk Fair was staged at the Queen s
Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, attracting a
However, the premier live entertainment
event was Valentino@73---The Concert, held
on Sunday evening, at UWI s Daaga Audito-
rium, St Augustine.
Celebrating a milestone 73rd birthday last
Monday, "the People s Calypsonian" was cel-
ebrated by The Legacy Concert Series with a
sold-out audience in attendance. Acclaimed
as one of the most profound calypsonians since
T&T s Independence in 1962, Bro Valentino
has won just one "official" monarch title,
achieving this in 2005 as the Veterans Calypso
There were several noteworthy highlights of
Valentino s concert, including performances
by his children and the cast of renowned calyp-
sonians and artistes of other genres who ren-
dered some of his classic compositions.
For instance, jazz diva Vaughnette Bigford
was on the billing, as well as Fyzabad Con-
nection Drama Group, Suite Chorale, Elements
Dance Company, Cyril Hunte, Ricky Phillip,
Sancha Scipio, Aneka Collins and Joel Phillip.
The star-studded roster included past mon-
archs Black Stalin and King Luta; 2014 National
Extempore Monarch Brian London; 2014 Junior
Calypso Monarch Ronaldo London; Talkalypso
Monarch Shortpants; Marvellous Marva; Eunice
Peters; Heather MacIntosh; Lady Adanna; Ras
Kommanda; Abebele; Bro Lasana; Soft Touch;
Mighty Diamond and Young Creole.
The celebration of calypso royalty continued
through this week as last Wednesday Sparrow
headlined his birthday concert at De Nu Pub
(The Mas Camp) in Woodbrook. Sharing the
spotlight were former monarchs Chalkdust,
Black Stalin and Baron.
Speaking on the eve of his 79th birthday
(July 9), an upbeat Sparrow said: "While I am
here in Trinidad, my fans can expect memorable
performances. I am standing a little stronger
and my voice is also a little bit stronger. I am
trying to dance a little more, but I am not very
successful in the effort. I may stand up though
and give them a little wine for 79.
"God is not my godfather, step father or my
uncle. He is my father; that s why I have always
called him Father God . Even when I was a
little bit naughty he saw me through it. I feel
so blessed to have attained this ripe age."
Sparrow s birthday celebrations continue
this evening when Trinbago Unified Calypso-
nians Organisation (TUCO) and Rudy Ottley s
Divas Cabaret International premiere Happy
Birthday Birdie Mighty Sparrow, Up Close &
Personal at Little Carib Theatre, Woodbrook,
at 8.30 pm.
The cast includes Black Stalin, Karen Eccles,
Kerice Pascal, Dilena Diamond and MC Jillian.
This production will be reprised tomorrow
evening, at 8 pm, at Naparima Bowl, San Fer-
A must-attend event this weekend is tomor-
row s A Night with the Stars II, a fund-raiser
for the Guardian Neediest Cases Fund being
staged at the well-appointed PCS Nitrogen
Silver Stars pan theatre on Tragarete Road,
Last year s inaugural staging of this event
was lauded as "very successful" and featured
top-drawer artistes like former Road March
champion JW & Blaze, Chutney Soca monarch
Rikki Jai and Ninja.
Also making the night a memorable one
were 105.1FM morning men Errol Fabien and
George Gonzales. Organisers expect this year s
show to be event better. There will be secure
parking at Tatil, Maraval Road with a free
shuttle service to and from the show s venue.
The promoters of tomorrow night s Calypso
Convention production present some of the
most controversial and exciting calypsonians,
including calypso monarchs, peoples champions
From 8 pm, at Lord Kitchener Auditorium,
Napa, Port-of-Spain, patrons are promised
some of most entertaining acts, headed by
four-time monarch Cro Cro; 2013 Calypso
Monarch Pink Panther; five-time monarch
Black Stalin; and, Cardinal, together with other
superstars of calypso.
At least two of the bards---Cro Cro, Pink
Panther and Cardinal---say they have some
hot new bombshells to drop.
Emcee duties will be handled by Tommy
Joseph and Sprangalang.
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A night with the
Peter Ray Blood
Sparrow shares his birthday cake with granddaughter Prizzie, at the De Nu Pub, Woodbrook, on Wednesday.
PHOTO: CLYDE LEWIS
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