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THE GOVERNMENT PURCHASES A 10-YEAR LICENSE FOR

THE MIGHTY SPARROW MEMORABILIA

“In a time when entertainers are becoming mere brands crafted in conference rooms, the Mighty Sparrow remains an authentic calypsonian”. These were the sentiments of Dr. the Honourable Nyan Gadsby-Dolly at the Cheque Presentation Ceremony for The Mighty Sparrow at Queen’s Hall on Friday 18th March, 2016.

Minister Gadsby-Dolly, in delivering her feature address, stated that “the collection of treasures, artefacts and memorabilia from the Mighty Sparrow gives the public a rare insight into the icon who has been our orator, our champion and who has been bold enough to tell the wide range of our stories…all our truths”.

The programme featured two tribute performances to the Mighty Sparrow by the National Theatre Arts Company of Trinidad and Tobago.  The highlight of the ceremony was Mighty Sparrow’s performance of his hit calypso “the Congo Man” which had the audience joining along.

In addition to the presentation of a cheque in the amount of TT$2 Million to Dr. Slinger Francisco, the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts and Dr. Francisco completed the formal signing of the 10-year license agreement for his memorabilia.  The agreement gives the Ministry the right to exhibit his collection of treasures and artefacts. “Treasures from the Hideaway; The Personal Collection of The Mighty Sparrow” is  currently on public display at the offices of the Culture Division of the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts in JOBCO building on Frederick Street in Port of Spain.

Some of the attendees of the event included: Mrs. Vidiah Ramkhelawan,  Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Kenneth De Silva, Chairman of NCC, Mr. Lutalo Masimba, President of TUCO, Calypsonian Brother Superior (Andrew Marcano), Mr. Ancil Roget, President of the OWTU,  Mr. Alvin Daniel  and the Francisco family.

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