His singing talent was discovered at birth when his loud cry was noted by the midwife. No disrespect to Swallow, but Short Shirts songs are prolific and thought provoking, while Swallow did a heck of alot to move the genre of soca along. ... King Swallow, calypso icon of Antigua and Barbuda, has died. … With an illustrious career spanning six decades, King Swallow’s music focused on social and political commentary. King Swallow passed away today after a prolonged illness. Swallow passed away on Friday (September 11) surrounded by family at his home in Willikies after suffering from a prolonged illness. ( Log Out /  Each award was conferred in recognition of his sterling contribution to the calypso art form. King Swallow you will always be remember as a super star. King Swallow was awarded the Order of Merit (Gold), and the Grand Cross of Princely Heritage during terms of governance under the Labour Party. In this picture we stood side by side singing “ Now is the time “ the Calypso for Africa project at Rawlston Recording studio in Brooklyn New York back in 1985 . Sir Ruper has earned several calypso crowns over his career and won Antigua’s road march titles five times. A report by Laura Dowrich-Phillips for Loop. MIGHTY SWALLOW. A four-time Calypso Monarch and five-time Road March winner in Antigua and Barbuda, King Swallow won over audiences in T&T with songs such as ‘Fire in the Backseat’, ‘Subway Jam’, ‘Party In Space’ and ‘Satan Coming Down’. Swallow passed away on Friday surrounded by family at his home in Willikies aft. 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Known the world-over as King Swallow, Rupert Philo was born on February 14, 1942, in the historic village of Willikies, in the Parish of St. Phillip, Antigua and Barbuda. Antigua and Barbuda calypsonian King Swallow has died. Swallow passed away on Friday surrounded by family at his home in Willikies after suffering from a prolonged illness. The on-line showcase will feature live tributes and performances from many legends within the calypso fraternity including: King Short Shirt, King Obstinate, Lion and Latumba. “King Swallow, you will always be remembered as a super star, Antigua icon.” Swallow died after a prolonged illness, according to ABS Television/Radio. The Trinbago Unified Calypsonian Organisation, the governing body for calypso in Trinidad and Tobago paid tribute to the veteran stating that he has been recognised for contributing nearly 60 years to the soca and calypso art form. Glenmore “Progress” Shepherd. 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