Calypso Icon Sir Rupert “King Swallow” Philo Dies

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Calypso and Cultural Icon Sir Rupert “King Swallow” Philo has died.

Sir Rupert has been ill for some time now but his cause of death is not known.

Rupert Philo began competing in the calypso art form when still a youth in 1961. His very first hit, entitled Raphael Trujillo, recalled the story of a dictator of the Dominican Republic, whose maltreatment of migrant workers from Antigua and Barbuda was re-told upon their return home.

By capturing their story in song, Swallow has immortalized the phenomenon of the Antiguan and Barbudan migrant worker, while showing disdain for Latin dictators.

More to come.

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