Newspaper: Newsday
Date: August 29, 2003
Page#: Page 24
News Editor: Seeta Persad

Calypso icons Sparrow and Rose...for Independence show

THE CALYPSO king of the world, the Mighty Sparrow (Francisco Slinger) and the calypso queen of the world, Calypso Rose will clash at the Jean Pierre Complex, tomorrow in celebration of the 41st anniversary of the Independence of Trinidad and Tobago. These two mega stars who both reside in the USA, have been traveling to many parts of the world flying the flag of TT as calypsonians.

On their return to these shores, they are expected to do some of their greatest hits of yesteryear as well as their latest releases. Both these stars have been tried and tested before local audiences over the past 40 years. Hence their appearance at this very important celebration.

The event, produced by Randy Glasgow, is titled 'Our Icons in Concert' and will feature fire- works, pageantry, dance, lots of classic calypsos, a comedy segment and lots of surprises.

The local stars who have been recognised worldwide for their given talent will join with icons Sparrow and Rose to bring the cream of the cake to the nation
in the form of the performing arts. They include: Super Blue, pannist Len Boogsie Sharpe, Mighty Duke, Brother Resistence, sitarist Mungal Patasar, and comedian Learie Joseph. Top performing star Dennis Hall (Sprangalang) will be impersonating the late Dr Eric Williams as the promoters recreate the independence celebrations of 1962. Patrons will also be treated to the talent of Roy Cape and members of his band Kaiso All Stars, and steel PCS Starlift orchestra. Dances will be provided by Carol La Chapelle and members of the Clico Shiv Shakti Dance Company. Glasgow's production team promises an enchanting evening of fireworks, to mark this occasion.

Tickets for this event are available at the regular outlets nationwide. Unsold tickets will go on sale all day on Saturday at Jean Pierre Complex. For more information call 625/0422 or 625/6138.