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Mighty Sparrow

Mighty Sparrow (real name Slinger Francisco) was a Calypso singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He was born in Grenada on July 9, 1935, but moved to Trinidad at a young age. In 1956, he won that year's Carnival Road March[?] Competition with his most famous song, "Jean and Dinah." His prize was $40, and in protest of the small sum, he wrote "Carnival Boycott" the following year, a song which spoke out against Trinidad's carnival industry. Sparrow refused to participate in the Carnival Road March for the next three years, but still became one of the Caribbean's most successful artists.



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