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Congrats From One King To Another

Rupert-King-Swallows-Phillo.-photo-Joseph-JonesAntigua St John's - Calypso icon Paul "King Obstinate" Richards has congratulated newly knighted Sir Rupert "King Swallow" Philo on his achievement.

His congratulatory letter is reprinted below.

I am extremely proud and feel a sense of personal gratification for Sir Rupert “King Swallow” Philo, on attaining knighthood.  And equally so, for the calypso art form in Antigua & Barbuda.

I have taken some time to digest and savour, yet another milestone.

First, it was Sir McClean “King Short Shirt” Emmanuel, and now its Sir Rupert “King Swallow” Philo. My deepest and most profound congratulations to Sir Rupert Phillo from the Undefeated King Obstinate.

You have indeed done calypsonians and calypso art form proud.

Both of you Sirs, have made me personally proud as a pioneer in the field, and have brought to fruition, that, for which I was the trailblazer in so many areas. Including the first Antiguan born Calypso King in 1958, the first A&B professional Calysonian performing regionally and internationally. The first Antiguan calypsonian to receive regional and international recognition and awards. The first A&B calypsonian to record on wax.


It was fifty five years ago when I won the first Calypso Tent King, that I dedicated my life to a career in the Calypso Art Form, and made the pledge, that I will not only seek recognition for myself, and the art form, and Antigua & Barbuda, but that I will do whatever I can possibly do, to remove the negative stigma associated with the Calypso Art Form. And also to get all levels of the society accepting and appreciating calypsonians and the Calypso Art Form.

Sir. Rupert “King Swallow”  Philo, with the attainment of your knighthood, I can say once again with great personal pride and joy, that the road  I and others pioneered was long, and difficult, for calypsonians, and the calypso art form. But we did it.

Congratulations and love to you from the Undefeated “King Obstinate”.


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#14 Melvin Bridgewater » 2012-06-05 01:27

Recognition delayed is recognition denied. Better late than never. This milestone is certainly deserved of your musical expertise and to the artform of Calypso and Soca music at large. Moments cherished... and memories of your music still echoes in the innermost segment of my Brain.Be Blessed!
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#13 CJ » 2012-04-26 00:08

The first time I heard Obsti sing, I knew he was something special. That mellow, mellow voice, and his lyrics... Well, what can I say. I proudly call him Sir Obstinate.
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No Political Songs

#12 johnbull » 2011-11-21 14:16

Over the years we heard Obsti and Shorty sing against all INJUSTICE ! Shorty sing against BLUE and RED , Obsti sing same way and CALL NAME !! Swallow NEVER sing about NOTHING POLITICAL cause he na rock da boat. NO GUTS,NO SPINE ! Obsti deserve that title more than he. A DONE TALK TO YOU !!!!!
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#11 SPEED BUMP » 2011-11-16 23:05

Me lub me some King Obstinate bad! Faamileeeee!!!!!!! Two of my favorite tunes are "Who Kill Me Sister" & " I Will Always Come Back to You". But reflecting on the latter song led me to wonder if his selling out of his Antigua flag and moved abroad will have prevent him from ever getting the (Sir) like Swallow and the Monarch. But if Alan Stanford can get the (Sir), then why not The Undefeated. I'm sure you all saw that Alan Sanford is now DEFEATED. Me nar pay that none mind because, "It's Children Mellee`". However, I saw the same tone that most of the comments referenced about the letter. I believe your face, Obsti, is like a "chip-up rim" and how deep you went into the "bottom of the well" to write that letter. But live long Obsti; We still love you because you have embedded into the culture and have entertained up to the fullest. You are one of the greatest ever so don't start none Cussing on Green Bay Hill and don't get "Shiny Eyes" from the comments toward your letter.
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#10 my way of helping » 2011-11-16 18:40

It is about affiliation, obstinate you won't get knighted until i enter power ha ha ha ha ha.
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read between the lines

#9 jill » 2011-11-16 14:18

Did you read between the lines? Obstinate is asking, when am I going to be knighted? Remember I was the first king?
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Antigua people benna

#8 PLM » 2011-11-16 10:37

Morris,

Three cheers and amen to that.
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is he lamenting his soul in a back seat?

#7 namelss » 2011-11-16 10:34

"I have taken some time to digest and savour, yet another milestone" (hard to believe/ in shock)


"First, it was Sir McClean “King Short Shirt” Emmanuel, and now its Sir Rupert “King Swallow” Philo" ( what happen to me)


Both of you Sirs, have made me personally proud as a pioneer in the field, and have brought to fruition, that, for which I was the trailblazer in so many areas. Including the first Antiguan born Calypso King in 1958, the first A&B professional Calysonian performing regionally and internationally. The first Antiguan calypsonian to receive regional and international recognition and awards. The first A&B calypsonian to record on wax. ( I was first! Me! Not you and Short Shirt, ME)


"Undefeated" ( King with no ROYALTY!!!)
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is he lamenting his soul in a back seat?

#6 namelss » 2011-11-16 10:25

Was Obsi giving hints????? lmao! Morris you gave me my dose of "wake up" this morning.
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family.

#5 lethal. » 2011-11-16 10:18

obstinate is badmidedness wha mek you nar get knighted. remember when shorty and swallow wanted to go up in space. you went and borrowed some feathers from a bird, a beautiful groundove. so all of you pretended to be birds and took the flight. when are you reach up dey and shorty and swallow start to put a busing on you telling you how you so ugly when you pon earth. you get minded and tek back your feathers and left dem boys up there. swallow turn round and mek a hit. party in space. badmindedness does not pay. tek dat. fungi saltfish and fat. now guarn go add two okra pon dat. :lol: 8) :P
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Just Love Obsti

#4 Avid Reader » 2011-11-16 10:01

How can you not love Obsti, he was the first. So Antigua where is his knighthood. He does deserve it, don't wait until he says goodnight for ever.
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Congrats from One King To Another

#3 Proud ANU Queen » 2011-11-16 09:49

I love King Obstinate just as much as I do the other Calypsonians in A & B, and though his letter was thoughtful and meant to be congratulatory to Sir Rupert Philo (KING SWALLOW), half of it is I, I, I. I did this, I did that, and of course, the title Undefeated King was mentioned a couple of times. Is there a cryptic message here? By the way, why is it that Obsti hasn't been Knighted yet?
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Myfun for today

#2 Morris » 2011-11-16 07:10

Obstinate sat down and wrote Swallow a letter (me nah lie, me nah lie)
Sounds like he was mad, but me know better (me nah lie, me nah lie)
See Obsti say, that he paved the way
So Swallow could be called a knight today

Don't pay it no mind, its big people melee
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Sir Obstinate

#1 carvaa » 2011-11-16 05:32

What about me? is the question of the day from the undefeated King Obstinate, remember i was the FIRSTTTTTTTTTT.
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