Heckles for ‘Sparrow Jr’
By DARCEL CHOY Wednesday, February 19 2014
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HECKLED: Sergio 'Shylocks' Francisco, son of legendary calypsonian Slinger 'Mighty Sparrow' performs at NAPA in Port-of-Spain in the Young Kings compe...
SERGIO “Shylocks” Francisco may be the spitting younger image of his famous father Calypso King of the World, Slinger ‘Mighty Sparrow’ Francisco. But for the audience at the Young Kings competition, all similarities end there as young Francisco endured an unkind reception from the crowd who heckled him during his performance.
In contrast, the crowd shouted, “kaiso, kaiso!” as they cheered Gary ‘Mba’ Thomasos as he sang “De Grand Master Say” at Monday night’s competition at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) in Port-of-Spain.
M’ba’s calypso focused on bringing back the hangman to address the current crime situation. Dressed as a hangman and holding a yellow noose, M’ba sang, “break dey neck because too many children dying.” He sang that criminals be taken to the promenade and hanged. The audience applauded.
“Show the devils no mercy,” he sang as the audience joined him in singing the chorus, “break dey neck!”
As M’ba asked the audience to raise their hands if they agreed with his song, hands quickly stabbed the air. At the end of his performance, M’ba received a thunderous round of applause with several calls for an encore.
A total of 22 men competed in the competition and the medium-sized crowd cheered their favourites and heckled those they did not like, including young Francisco.
As he came on stage, many in the audience were heard muttering how Sergio resembled his father, back when the Birdie was younger. Some were overheard saying they hoped that in Sergio’s case, the apple did not fall far from the tree.
However, a few minutes into his song “Know Thyself”, it was clear that many in the medium-sized crowd were not pleased by Francisco’s performance. Some of them shouted at Francisco to, “get off the stage!” But to his credit, young Francisco continued to sing.
He then told the audience that he was not “done” with them as yet and brought out his guitar. As he started to play, the heckling and calls to “come off the stage, you ent no Sparrow”, increased with Francisco replying that there were “some mumbo jumbo vibes” in the auditorium but, “God is good”. Not too long after, he ended his performance and left the stage.
Giving great performances were Dillon Thomas whose song “Bun De Grass” was about the highly popular but illegal marijuana herb. In the song, Thomas told a story of his neighbour complaining that the grass in his yard was too high and when he burned it, the neighbour called the police on him. He sang that it was time to legalise it, while noting that in the past, “bush whe whe” was illegal but it was later changed to Play Whe. “When I burn my grass, it is a vision of love,” he sang. The audience fully enjoyed his performance especially the presentation of two “police officers” standing on stage and as Thomas ended his song, an “officer” carried him away on his (the “officer’s”) shoulder.
Also being cheered was winner of the 2014 Stars of Tomorrow Nyol Manswell. The Tobago born visually impaired artiste sang, “A Better World”.
Results are expected to be released today.