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TT Gov’t to acquire Sparrow memorabilia

  • Written by Trinidad Express
  • Published in Entertainment
PORT OF SPAIN, December 19, 2014 - The Government of Trinidad and Tobago is to acquire the memorabilia of the Mighty Sparrow - Slinger Francisco - at a cost of TT$2 million dollars.

Minister of Culture Lincoln Douglas said his Ministry would acquire the memorabilia for a ten-year period, with the option for renewal.

“We would have a ten-year unlimited access with custodianship...to replicate, license material, derive income and put on show and curate the works of the Mighty Sparrow,” he said.

Douglas said he expected Sparrow’s works to be put on display by February 2015 and that Government will license all the memorabilia, which includes six crowns, 52 certificates, 42 CDs, eight citations, four DVDs, 14 medals, 136 plaques, 76 pictures, 22 proclamations, eight tokens, 94 trophies and 78 videos.

He said Government was preparing a festival village to display the items in Port of Spain.

The legal procedure to acquire the mementos was, however, still being worked out, he added.

He said the Government would continue to look into the works of some of the country’s other great artistes.

“We will work with them to curate and display the works that they have produced over the years. I think we started with the Mighty Sparrow because we are honoured he is here with us and is still performing all over the world,” he said.

In September 2013, the calypso icon nearly lost his life after he suffered a stroke, then fell into a diabetic coma. He spent three months in a hospital in New York, USA.