Newspaper: Sunday Guardian
Date: November 24, 2002
Page#: Page 13
News Reporter: - Natasha Ofosu



THE MIGHTY SPARROW, RECIPIENT OF THE 2002 Marcus Garvey Lifetime Achievement Award.


Sparrow snags another award

THE MIGHTY Sparrow (Slinger Francisco) has been honoured with yet another presitigous award.

He is the recipient of the 2002 Marcus Garvey Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Jamerican Film and Music Festival to artists/performers who have used their celebrity status to improve the lives of others.

Sparrow was due to receive the award last night at a gala ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall hotel in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

The Calypso King of the World was not the only one to receive the award this year.

Actor, director and producer Danny Glover, who spent three days in Trinidad this week, was also honoured, along with female reggae stalwarts The I-Threes (Rita Marley, Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt).

Past awardees included former James Bond 007 Roger Moore and legendary performer Harry Belafonte, who was the first recipient in 2000.

Trinidad and Tobago was also represented among the films shown at this year's festival.

"Calypso Dreams", an 80 minute documentary feature produced by Geoffrey Dunn and Michael Horne got its premier screening on Thursday night.

It was the only Caribbean film of the more than 30 entries shown.

Narrated by David Rudder, the film chronicles the fascinating spirit and traditions of calypso music in T&T.

It features live performances by a host of calypsonians including Sparrow and Calypso Rose and pays homage to recently-deceased bards such as Lord Kitchener and Lord Pretender. .

Since 1999, the Jamerican Film and Music Festival has sought to celebrate works created by film-makers from around the world.

It is the brainchild of actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, star of the sitcom "Moesha".

The festival opened on Wednesday and ends today.