“I can’t believe I’m doing this!” The words burst unbidden from my mouth when I spotted my mode of transport to Anguilla from St Maarten on September 23.
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Cro Cro on Sparrow’s award: Govt must also fix calypso
Weston Rawlins, better known in the calypso world as Cro Cro, says while it is good the country plans to recognise the Mighty Sparrow (Slinger Francisco) with the nation’s highest award, Government also needs to pay attention to the calypso artform itself. “I want to say, most important, how happy I am for Sparrow to be given whatever... but it so sick, in that Sparrow sang with the Icons Calypso tent from the inception,” he said yesterday at Kaiso House, Port-of-Spain, during the draw for tomorrow’s Calypso Fiesta at Skinner Park. “So while they saying ‘Oh Sparrow’ and giving Sparrow thing, they licking up the artform.”
He said it was not enough for the Government to “fix” Sparrow only. “You supposed to fix the artform also,” he said, adding again that he was happy for Sparrow, whom he described as a good friend. He asked why every other tent was being funded by the Government except for his Icons tent. When asked about the timing for Sparrow’s award, Rawlins said it did not matter.
“I’m just happ... what I heard is they really treating Sparrow financially good and he needs that.” He said in Sparrow’s time, the first prize for competitions was not as high as it is today. “Now chutney making $2 million, kaiso singing for $1 (million), right?”
Cro Cro drew position 28 yesterday and he promised his performance at the Calypso Fiesta will be “thunder.” Also speaking on the issue, Trinbago Unified Calypsonians’ Organisation (Tuco) president Lutalo Masimba said it was a great moment for the organisation as they had been lobbying for the past decade for Sparrow to be given the highest national award. "We say congratulations to the Government. The state of T&T has finally seen the light,” he added.