Minister of Arts and Multiculturalism Dr Lincoln Douglas paid tribute to ailing calypso legend Slinger Francisco (Mighty Sparrow) during his budget presentation at the Parliament Chamber in Port of Spain on Friday.
He also spoke about the importance of archiving creative works like calypso music.
Douglas said: “We want to pay tribute and keep our prayers going for Mighty Sparrow. He is going through a difficult time right now. Sparrow, Beginner and Atilla the Hun were touring the world way back when.”
Zeroing in on the strides the ministry had made in preservation and documentation of recorded works, Douglas said: “Calypso music is the second most recorded music. There are huge collections of music. We have digitised about 3,321 recordings. We are documenting all our recordings. We have over 2,000 historical photographs.”
Douglas added: “We are archiving the culture and all the things that make us who are. We are creating an inventory of intangible cultural heritage.”
Douglas said there was need to enhance and transfer information from “folk level” status by engaging in research via interventions like cultural mapping.
Meanwhile, when contacted at his Diego Martin home yesterday, Sparrow’s daughter Karen Francisco said his condition was “the same”. He remains hospitalised in New York.
Sparrow was famous for a slew of hits including “Education”, “Mae Mae” and “Doh Back Back”.