Sparrow flies home Monday
By JOAN RAMPERSAD Thursday, February 6 2014
SLINGER Francisco better known to the world as the Mighty Sparrow and even more affectionately, “the Birdie”, will be returning home next Monday, first to perform at De Nu Pub (Mas Camp) on Wednesday, alongside Dr Hollis Liverpool (Mighty Chalkdust) and Leroy Calliste (Black Stalin).
Speaking with the Birdie via a telephone interview yesterday, he said he will be here for two to three shows and generally for the rest of the Carnival season.
“I just want to perform. I have no hesitation to do anything. I just have to see what the band knows and I am pretty certain I will give patrons what they want,” Sparrow said.
He added that any particular song he wants to perform he wants to make sure the band knows it. He then asked this reporter what song I would like to hear to which I replied, “Jane”, and he immediately started singing it in a very strong voice his delivery did not give a hint of a few months ago when he was motionless in a coma.
It was his normal, powerful and melodious voice that came through the telephone line. Sparrow, who only got out of a therapy centre four days ago, says he is expected to perform for about half hour but it could be extended depending on how much of his music the band knows.
The undisputed Calypso King of the World had to be hospitalised at a hospital in New York last September after going into a coma. With the prayers of family, fans and the people of Trinidad and Tobago the 78-year-old Birdie was out of the coma a few weeks later and was admitted to the rehabilitation institution.
Sparrow was in Trinidad last August for a special show at the De Nu Pub with the Mighty Stalin (Leroy Calliste), dubbed, “The Doctors in Concert”. Well another doctor has been added to the cast for next Wednesday’s show in the person of Dr Liverpool.
Sparrow, the illustrious lyricist, composer, singer, and grand entertainer has won the National Calypso Monarch title on eight occasions and equally, the Road March crown. Next Wednesday’s performance will only be his second since his illness.
Last month, according to an H Hall report, fans of the Mighty Sparrow and other diehard calypso lovers packed Melanie’s Sports Bar at Fulton Street in New York to welcome the Birdie. The therapy centre where Sparrow was still institutionalised reluctantly granted him three hours to meet fans in Brooklyn at the said benefit, organised by Derek Parsons of WACK Radio and Calypso Rose (MacArthur Lewis).