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Caribbean Pride::
February is celebrated as Black History month in the U.S. and other countries. For us Black History is every month. So we've decided to add this Caribbean Pride section to the site to salute outstanding West Indians throughout the year. Some of them were born in the islands and others have their roots in the islands, but one thing is sure they all have the same traits--strong, intelligent, creative, proud--in true West Indian style.

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NAME: SLINGER FRANCISCO
A.K.A:     MIGHTY SPARROW
COUNTRY: GRENADA

This legendary Calypsonian has a career that spans over 40 years. Born in Gran Roi, Grenada his family migrated to his adopted homeland of Trinidad when he was a baby (one year old). Like many other singing superstars, he began singing in the church choir, becoming the head choirboy who sang baritone and tenor in Latin in the St. Patrick's Catholic Church. At 20 Sparrow released the first of his string of hits, "Jean and Dinah." In 1958 he became the only calypsonian to have had a triple win in the same year in the Road March Competition. Sparrow received the honorary title of Chief of the Yorubas

in Nigeria. He was also bestowed the title of "Cultural Ambassador of Grenada," given an honorary doctorate from UWI (University of the West Indies) and bestowed the title of: Order of Caribbean Communication "OCC." In 1986 Mayor Ed Koch of New York proclaimed March 18th, The Mighty Sparrow Day.
Sparrow is an 11 time Calypso Monarch and has won the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Road March Competition eight (8) times. He continues to record and tour the world.
 

NAME:  ROBERT NESTA MARLEY
COUNTRY: JAMAICA

Robert Nesta Marley was born in Nine Miles, in the parish of St. Ann, Jamaica on February 6th, 1945. Along with Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer, Marley made beautiful music which introduced  reggae, Jamaica and Rastafari to


the world. One of the most recognizable faces on the planet, Marley is loved by people of diverse backgrounds and is regarded by many as a musical genius. He has been called "the first Third World superstar," "Rasta Prophet," "visionary," and" "revolutionary artist," and was one of the most enigmatic, charismatic and challenging performers of our time.
A month before he died, Bob was awarded Jamaica's Order of Merit, the nations' third highest honor, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the country's culture in a career that spanned over 20 years.
He was given a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a star on Hollywood Boulevard's walk of fame and a lifetime achievement Grammy award. His album Exodus was named by Time Magazine as the Album of the 20th Century, and the BBC called One Love the song of the Century. One Love Bob.
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