Popular Antigua and Barbuda calypso singer Rupert ‘King Swallow’ passed away on Friday after being ill for some time. Philo died surrounded by his family.
Over his illustrious career, Philo, who was known for his social and political commentary, as well as his many hits which include Fire in the Backseat, Subway Jam, Party In Space and Satan Coming Down, earned several calypso crowns during his career.
He also won Antigua’s road march titles five times.
Sir Rupert was knighted by his country for his outstanding contribution to culture and to calypso.