Newspaper: Newsday
Date:Thursday July 26,2001
Page#: Page 31
News Reporter: -

African American Award For The 'Birdie'

Slinger Francisco, the Mighty Sparrow continues to be showered with accolades for his contribution to the artform.

On Wednesday August 1 (Emancipation Day) the Birdie, as he commonly referred to, is scheduled to be in the United States to receive the "African American Legend Award" from the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc (CACCI) based in Brooklyn, New York. The presentation will take place at a ceremony to mark CACCI's 16th Anniversary.

This latest tribute to the Calypso King of the World for his service to the US state's business community, scheduled to take place at the Brooklyn Borough Hall, follows the recent unveiling of the statue in his honour locally.

On Sunday July 8, Sparrow was bestowed with a "Recognition Award" by Danny T Doobay, Honorary Consul General of Guyana in Toronto Canada, at the Guyana Canadian Musical Awards sponsored by Keynote Productions.

That honour was in recognition of his "most outstanding contribution to music and culture and in appreciation of your commitment to the building of Guyanese indentity around the world."

The upcoming event serves to complement an already long list of accolades bestowed on the calypso icon this year: from receiving the Order of the Caribbean Community, to having Trinidad and Tobago's Carnival and Pan Ramajay staged in tribute to his contributions to culture, a made-for-television concert and an award from President Arthur NR Robinson.

Speaking on behalf of the directors of the CACCI, Roy A Hastick stated that since the inception of the organsiation sixteen years ago, Sparrow had been a supporter of its economic development programmes and services.

"Through your music you have also done your part to promote racial harmony and unity among diverse ethnic groups that make up the New York City population. As we celebrate CACCI's 16 years of service and reflect on our accomplishments this is also an excellent time to pay tribute to you for dedicated service, for helping to create a climate in New York City which has contributed to CACCI's survival and growth especially during challenging economic times," he said.