Slinger Francisco ORTT CMT (born July 9, 1935), better known as Mighty Sparrow, is a calypso singer, songwriter, and guitarist of Trinidadian citizenship.
Known as the "Calypso King of the World", he is one of the best-known and most successful calypsonians.
He has won Trinidad's Carnival Road March competition eight times, Calypso King/Monarch eight times, and has twice won the Calypso King of Kings title.
Born July 9, 1935, in a small fishing village of Grand Roy, Grenada, he relocated to Trinidad & Tobago in 1937. He started singing in the choir at New Town Boys RC School and at age 14 joined a steel band comprised of neighbourhood boys.
He was given his performing name “Little Sparrow” during his early career as a calypsonian, on account of his energetic stage performances. His first performance as a professional calypso singer came in 1954 with the song The Parrot and the Monkey, and he went on to have such hits as Jean and Dinah, The Queen’s Canary, Yankees Gone; and who would forget Mae Mae, The Lizard, The Big Bamboo, and many more great hits.
Sparrow’s career expands over fifty years during which he has won many awards and honors. He has been very successful in England, the USA and the world over. In 1977 he embarked on a tour of West Africa, during which he was given the honorary Yoruba title, Chief Omo Wale of Ikoyi. His works cover every imaginable topic from humor, history, social and political commentary, to science and necromancy - and are the basis of which he was conferred with an honorary Doctor of Letters from The University of the West Indies. He was also awarded Trinidad and Tobago’s highest award ‘The Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago’ (ORTT).
The Legendary Reggae Band Toots & The Maytals won the Grammy for Best Reggae Album 2012 with the album 'Got To Be Tough'
The Got to Be Tough album was released just days before the death of Toots Hibbert, the band’s front-man, who passed away on September 11, 2020.
This is the second Grammy win for Toots and the Maytals, having won in 2005 for the album “True Love.” The group has been nominated for a reggae Grammy five times.
The other nominees were ‘Higher Place’ by Skip Marley, ‘One World’ by The Wailers, ‘Upside Down 2020’ by Buju Banton, and ‘It All Comes Back to Love’ by Maxi Priest.
The 63rd Grammy Awards show took place on Sunday, March 14, 2021 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Carol Christine Hilario “CCH” Pounder, born December 25th 1952, is a Guyanese American Actress. She has appeared in numerous plays, films, made-for-in-television films and television ministries, and had made appearance on notable television series.
Pounder is known for her role as Dr. Angela Hicks in the medical drama series ER (1994-97) and detective Claudette Wyms in the FX police drama series The Shield (2002-2008). Since 2014, she has portrayed medical examiner Dr. Loretta Wade on the police drama series NCIS New Orleans. In film, she appeared in All That Jazz (1979). Go Tell It On The Mountain (1984). Prizzi’s Honor (1985). Postcard From The Edge (1990). Benny and Joon (1993). Demon Knight (1995), Face Off (1997), End Of Days (1999), Orphan (2009), Avatar (2009), The Mortal Instrument City Of Bones (2013), and Godzilla King Of The Monsters (2019).
Pounder was born in Georgetown, Guyana , daughter of Ronald Urlington Pounder and of Betsy Enid Arnella (née James). CCH Pounder was educated in London, and in 1970, at age 18 years old, she migrated to the United States , where she attended Ithaca College.
In 1997, CCH Pounder was the winner The Prestigious Caribbean American Heritage Award For Excellence In The Art, presented by leading Caribbean American Advocacy Organization Institute Of Caribbean Studies based in Washington D. C.
Satellite Award 2003 She won Best Actress - Television Series Drama The Shield. Black Reed Award 2004 She also won Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series Drama, Redemption The Stan Tookie Williams Story. CCH Pounder played a Defense Attorney in the television series Law and Order.
October 3, 2020.
Above are my pick of female Reggae artist that are true representation of positivity, femininity, beauty and Reggae music today. Female Reggae power. By Brian Kool. One love, smile.
Respects! to some of our vintage Soca & Reggae artist. One love.
Mighty Sparrow (King of Calypso), Calypso Rose (Queen of Calypso),
Daddy U Roy (Pioneer of toasting) & Sister Carrol (Mother Culture).
Natural Black (born Mortimer Softley) is a reggae singer from Georgetown Guyana.
He moved to Jamaica to pursue his dream of being a Reggae Singer, after a period of service in the army. He has had several hits in Jamaica, including "Far From Reality" and "Nice it Nice.
As a widely acclaimed artiste he has a large Guyanese fan base as well as Caribbean, European and Latin America.
His style and personality has made him a favorite among some of the top record producers and show promoters in Jamaica, and throughout the Caribbean. As a result, he has toured extensively and has performed to sold out audiences in Switzerland, Austria, France, Italy, Slovenia, USA, Guyana and through out the Caribbean . He has also performed on most of the major Reggae shows and festivals such as Sting, Reggae Sumfest, Rebel Salute, East Fest, Irie Jamborie and others.
Some of his big tunes are Far from reality, nice it nice, Babylon ah burn, revolution, never leave you lonely, cry cry smile, tell me why, Why can't we, treat her like a lady and many more. He has had several hits in Jamaica, including "Far From Reality" and "Nice it Nice.
In 2012 Natural Black cut off his locks, breaking his covenant in the Rastafarian lifestyle and dramatically altering his look. "I got up and cut off my locks Sunday morning because I looked around at my surroundings and realized that I have not been living a Rastafarian lifestyle. I want to see the changes around me, and as it relates to the upliftment of the people, the direction of the Rasta order and the walk toward perfection. That is not happening. I just see discord and chaos in the rasta community, all of it is very misleading," said the artiste, whose real name is Mortimer Softley.
The Far From Reality singer is aware that there might be a backlash from members of the Rastafarian community, but he is prepared to defend his decision them to where they are.
Dr. Patricia Bath was the first African American to complete a residency in ophthalmology and the first African American female doctor to receive a medical patent. She invented the Laserphaco Probe for cataract treatment in 1986.
A noted Ophthalmologist and famous African American inventor, Dr. Patricia Bath pioneered the 1985 development of a specialized tool and procedure for the removal of cataracts.
Her Laserphaco Probe and procedure improved cataract surgery by using lasers to vaporize cataracts painlessly. Previously, cataract surgery had been a difficult manual process involving a mechanical grinder.
Dr. Bath's lifelong dedication to the treatment and prevention of visual impairments has made it possible to restore the sight of many people suffering from cataracts. Because of her unwavering "Fight for the Right to Sight", Dr. Bath remains one of the most important and most famous African American inventors.
Patricia Bath was born in Harlem, New York. (November 4, 1942 - May 30, 2019).