Cultural Ambassadors Calypso Rose, Lord Nelson and the Mighty Sparrow were recognized with Lifetime Achievement awards by the Consulate General of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in New York at its annual Independence cocktail reception and first award ceremony on August 30, 2013. Here is a list of the awards:
Fashion and the Creative Arts: Ms. Anya Ayoung Chee and the Caribbean American Carnival Association
Business and Entrepreneurship: Mr. Conrad Ifill and Mr. Michael Sims
Sports: Melbourne NY Alliance (the award was presented to Mr. Joe Siewharack who received it on behalf of the Club) and TrinAm Sports Club (the award was presented to Mr. Derrick Lewis who received it on behalf of the Club)
Lifetime Achievement Awards:
Mr. Boodram Jattan-Former trade unionist and Member of Parliament for Naparima
Mr. Edwin Robert-Former Olympian sprinter that captured two bronze in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics
Ms. Bhagwatie Dwarika-Cultural activist and enthusiast
Mr. Mohan Jaikaran-prominent businessman and promoter of Trinidad and Tobago’s culture and entertainment in North America
Mr. Albert Danny Marcano-“Lord Defender”
Calypsonian and pioneer of using digital instruments in calypso, Mr. Robert Nelson “Lord Nelson”
Calypsonian and songwriter (she has written over 800 songs and published more than 20 albums), Mrs. Macartha Linda Sandy- Lewis “Calypso Rose”
Calypsonian and songwriter, Mr. Slinger Franscico, “the Mighty Sparrow”
Mr. Slinger Franscico, the Mighty Sparrow, Mr. Ifill and the Caribbean American Carnival Association made arrangements for the presentation of their awards at a later date as they unable to attend the ceremony.
All awardees expressed gratitude at having received their awards and Mr. Edwin Roberts declared to the Consul General that it was one of the proudest moments of his life.
It was such a delight to see them all participating in the dancing that followed the reception. Lord Nelson cast off his cane to dance and Lord Defender proved that he still had the moves to put younger men to shame. [. . .] Young and the not so young all danced to the various genres of music from our beloved Trinidad and Tobago. At the end of the night, Lord Defender was still going strong and there was no doubt in anyone’s mind that he was the “Man of the Match” that night, cricket or no cricket.
The Consulate of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in New York congratulates all awardees and reminds us that it is citizens such as these that make us all proud to be Trinidadians and Tobagonians.
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