Trinidadians, as well as other Caribbean nationals, were disappointed that Dr Slinger Francisco – the Mighty Sparrow -- was not invited to participate in the cultural presentation on Friday evening at the Fifth Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain, Trinidad. But Montserratian Alphonsus "Arrow" Cassel of "Hot, Hot, Hot" fame did well. For the second time, Arrow’s name was etched into the history books when he performed for US President Barack Obama.

He joined a cast of prominent entertainers like calypsonians David Rudder, Ella Andall and soca artiste Machel Montano. Arrow, in a brief comment, said, "To be invited to perform for the first president of the United States who happens to be of African descent, is an honour. That is a very special feeling for me." "Obama's victory is important at more levels. It is not just about addressing race. He has come at a time when the world needs to be inspired. “His message of change has readily inspired and given hope to the world," Arrow added. He described Obama as "energetic and charismatic".

Arrow's name first entered the history book for his "Hot, Hot, Hot”, which became a theme in movies and was a hit in the continents of Europe, Asia, and Africa, not to mention the Caribbean. "Hot, Hot, Hot” is a blend of soca, and rock and roll rhythms. Montserratians consider him the calypso gift of the world, but Sparrow, who has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of the West Indies, is considered the calypso king of the world. He is the first calypsonian to have sung a tune about Obama, when he was campaigning for the White House. Source



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