Newspaper: Sunday Guardian
Date: May 30, 2004
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Sparrow

Boston honors Birdie

WHEN he arrived on Thursday for last night's Soca Retromania concert at Queen's Park Savannah, Sparrow came home with one more award to add to his already burgeoning collection of citations.

The Calypso King of the World was honoured last month by the city of Boston, USA, and even had a day named in his honour.

Boston mayor, Thomas M Menino, issued a proclamation, naming April 10 "Sparrow Day."

The official citation issued to Sparrow by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts states that the legendary calypsonian was honoured for his "mind-boggling performances that vary from political commentary to comical expositions that renders audiences to uncontrollable laughter while gaining invaluable insight."

Boston City Council has also honoured Sparrow for his "contribution to calypso, his contribution to the immigrant people of the City of Boston, his generous contribution to AIDS research and his successful musical career that has lasted over 40 years."

The tributes don't stop there, as Mas Camp Pub will pay tribute to Sparrow on Wednesday night at the popular Woodbrook showplace.

Opening for Sparrow will be Bro Valentino, fresh from an outstanding performance on Thursday night with Black Stalin at Arima's 5th Element Club.

Southerners have a chance to enjoy the music of "the Birdie" tonight when he again headlines Soca Retromania at Skinner Park.

Come July 9, Sparrow celebrates his 69th birthday.