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If Sparrow Say So...Five-Part Lecture/ Performance Series in Appreciation of the Mighty Sparrow

For Release Upon Receipt - February 5, 2014

St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago – Beginning February 12, Canboulay Productions, in collaboration with The University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine Campus will present a series of five lecture/ performances throughout Trinidad and Tobago. Titled “If Sparrow Say So...” each presentation will be based on an aspect of Sparrow’s work. 

According to Rawle Gibbons, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Creative and Festival Arts at The UWI, “For over five decades The Mighty Sparrow has represented the region internationally as the undisputed ‘King of Calypso’. His recent illness and his survival give us an opportunity to show appreciation for the work he has done on behalf of Caribbean people in general and Trinidad and Tobago in particular.”

He added, “It is an indictment on ourselves that, thus far, there has been no state or institutional response to his illness nor offers to assist in his recovery – at least, not publicly. These five lecture performances give an opportunity to explore not only his expansive repertoire of songs, but to plumb, beyond performance, the meanings the man has etched on our cultural landscape.”  

Admission is $100 and the performances take place as follows:

- “My Whole Life is Calypso” – Prof. Gordon RohlehrWednesday 12th February: 7pm at Central Bank, Port of Spain         

- “Leaving Royal Jail” – Mr. Earl LovelaceMonday 17th February: 10am at the Learning Resource Centre, Couva 

- “Sparrow Offstage: Events and Practices for Personality Formation” – Prof. Hollis LiverpoolMonday 17th February: 7pm at Fairfield Complex, Tobago         

- “The University of Sparrow” – David Michael RudderWednesday 19th February: 7pm at the Naparima Bowl, San Fernando                 

- “Who Taking Advantage of Who” – Prof. Patricia Mohammed and Singing SandraWednesday 26th February: 7pm at Daaga Auditorium, UWI

For further information, please contact Canboulay Productions at 361-4376, 223-6921 or via email at


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