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Trinidad & Tobago Folk Arts Institute presents Symposium to examine Sparrow’s career

“Just Like That, Sparrow Turned 80”
Presenters knock it out of the ballpark

Calypsonian Might Sparrow, at right, with musician Frankie McIntosh

New York, USA - Insightful, engaging, entertaining and highly educational, was the symposium on the career of the incomparable Mighty Sparrow. The Trinidad and Tobago Folk Arts Institute can take a bow and relish in the fact that for three hours, the packed-to-capacity Mary Pinkett Lecture Hall on the Medgar Evers College Brooklyn campus was indeed the place to be. Led by the organization's chairman Les Slater, four presenters delivered their perspectives on the genius of Sparrow and his personal impact on them.

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I enjoyed this symposium presented by the Trinidad and Tobago Folk Arts Institute, I hope that they see the need to have one pertaining to  the steelbands and carnival, and if possible make recommendations as to getting bands back on the road.

I was privileged to be one of the speakers at Sparrow Symposium. I must thank the Trinidad and Tobago Folk Arts Institute for inviting me. All the speakers did a great presentation and I am humbled to be in such great company. Thanks to the community for showing up in such large numbers, standing room only. Indeed, Sparrow is our icon and we wish him good health. As someone in the audience suggested, I hope that the Institute do a symposium on Calypso Rose.

See you at the rendezvous of victory.


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