Tribute to Singing Francine

Admiring the portrait with artist Fielding Babb.
Admiring the portrait with artist Fielding Babb.

Caribbean musical icon Francine Singing Francine Edwards has been honoured for her contribution to the calypso artform.

The tribute last night was a double treat for the Barbadian-born singer, as she was also celebrating her 69th birthday.

Aptly titled In Your Honour, the event was at the Bajan Culture Village, Bush Hall, St. Michael, and was coordinated Peter “Roy” Byer.

Calypsonian Anthony Gabby Carter paid tribute to Singing Francine in song, as did some of the members of the Mosaic Steel Orchestra. She was also presented with a painting of her portrait, done by noted artist Fielding Babb.

As one of the few top-notch Caribbean calypso singers in the region, Singing Francine is well known for her Parang (Trinidadian Christmas songs), including Parang Parang and Aye Aye Maria and hard-hitting social commentaries.

Glenroy Patches Mendoza, Joey Lewis and Phil Brito were also honoured last night. In recognition of their work on the Caribbean musical landscape, awards have been named after them to salute the work of outstanding musicians of the Kingdom of the Super Gladiators calypso tent during the Crop-Over season. The Glenroy Patches Mendoza trophy will go to the best pannist, while the best arranger will receive the Joey Lewis trophy. The Francine B. Edwards trophy will go to the calypsonian deemed to have the best lyrical content. (LW)

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