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Sparrow joins Generation Showdown on Thursday
The Mighty Sparrow will perform at the Generation Showdown concert taking place at the Jean Pierre Complex, Port-of-Spain on Thursday.
The Birdie will sing some of his most loved songs from his expensive repertoire built over an impressive 58-year career.
It is still to be decided which of the “Nu Skool” artistes will face Sparrow on stage as none seems brave enough to go up against the seasoned legend.
Sparrow has recovered well from the illness he suffered last year and he is as sprightly as ever and very eager to take the stage for the show.
He himself was only 20 in 1956 when he took the nation by storm with Jean And Dinah trouncing all the elder bards of the day.
Sparrow in fact opened a new era in calypso and in short time was given the title Calypso King of the World.
His performance will make for much more excitement at Generation Showdown.
Presented by Spektakula Promotions, Generation Showdown pits calypsonians and soca artistes of the old school against the younger acts of the day or, “nu school” as they have been dubbed.
A special attraction is also an Extempo-Free style clash between Gypsy and Bunji Garlin. The elders performing include Black Stalin, Johnny King, SuperBlue, David Rudder, Baron, Swallow and Explainer. Among the younger artistes are Fay-Ann Lyons, Kees Dieffenthaller, Mr Killa, Chucky, 5 Star Akil, Farmer Nappy and Garlin.
There will also be a special reggae showdown featuring Jamaican dancehall artiste Popcaan going up against his elder reggae singer Barrington Levy.
The veteran crooner intends to school the young upstart who has been touted as the next big act to come from Jamaica.
This is the third edition of Generation Showdown and the previous shows in 2012 and last year were both sold out events that were said to be among the best events of the respective Carnival seasons.
This year promises to be even better.
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