Mighty Sparrow to receive British honor

The Mighty Sparrow.
William Farrington

The Mighty Sparrow (Slinger Francisco) has been bestowed the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

The Calypso King of the World will receive the award in his birthplace Grenada, on Oct. 22. This honor recognises distinguished service to the arts and sciences, public services outside the Civil Service and work with charitable and welfare organisations of all kinds.

Sparrow is the holder of the Order of Trinidad and Tobago (OTT), the nation’s highest award in 2014.

He was also awarded the T&T’s Humming Bird Medal (Silver) in 1969 and the Chaconia Medal (Gold) in 1993.

In 2013, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the government of Trinidad and Tobago. In 1997, the government of Nigeria awarded Sparrow with a chieftaincy title and named him Chief Omo Wale of Ikoyi.

Sparrow was born in the fishing village of Grand Roy, Grenada, on July 9, 1935 and at the age of two his mother brought him to Trinidad.

He won his first Calypso King title in 1956, singing “Jean and Dinah.”

Sparrow won the title on seven subsequent occasions and the Road March title eight times.

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