Tragedy struck last week as another of Trinidad and Tobago’s legendary calypsonians died suddenly. Explainer, the artist who gave the world songs like, ‘Lorraine,’ ‘ Ras Mas’ and ‘What Dey Say Dey Say,’ was one of the country’s enjoyed entertainers and cultural ambassadors. He will be laid to rest today, Friday October 14th. Following his passing, 19-year-old T&T artist, Aaron Duncan revealed a collaboration with another iconic artist- The Mighty Sparrow.
Over the years, many of the country’s calypsonians have passed on, leaving a void in the calypso world and in an industry that many believe remains in an embryonic stage. With much still left to do for development, young calypsonians like Duncan, Terri Lyons, Karene Asche and Dwayne O’connor, maintain their individual and collective desires to push the authentic Trinbagonian genre. “The decision to collaborate with The Mighty Sparrow all started from a dream,” Duncan told Ebuzztt. He said he dreamt that he was supposed to do a song with the ‘Jean and Dinah’ singer and from the time he got that dream, he acted on it. “I have known Sparrow for my whole life. The first time I performed with him, I was eight years at the time and from then, seeing the Mighty Sparrow, seeing how he performed and getting to know the legend that he is, I started looking up to him in the calypso arena.”
Duncan says Sparrow is someone he has always wanted to be like. The new track, ‘Legacy’ was written and produced by Aaron himself and mixed by Leston Paul and Precision Productions and mastered by Precision Productions. The song was envisioned in April this year and work began on it then. Aaron told us that he wrote and sang the song before sending it off to The Mighty Sparrow. “I asked him, “Sparrow would you like to do a collaboration with me?”
Duncan said prior to this most recent request to collaborate, he had approached the iconic Grenada born artist to collaborate with him on a song, back in 2017. “I was not a producer nor a songwriter at that time so it wasn’t really as possible as it is now,” he explained.
The young singer said Sparrow had always been open to the idea and in April 2022 when he again approached him, he was as eager as ever to do it. Duncan was able to write and produce the song in two days, having given his mentor the assurance that he would be sending a complete track to him, within that time. Explaining that Sparrow now has mobility issues, Duncan explained that the studio was taken to Sparrow’s house in New York for recording to take place. “I have to give respect to Natasha Wilson for organizing everything,” he said.
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