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NACC: ‘If laughter is the best medicine, Sprangalang was one of the best doctors T&T ever produced’

“[…] He was certainly a man of deep and original thought. Dennis ‘Sprangalang’ Hall will always be remembered for his ability to take serious and complex issues and portray them in a manner in which everyone could understand, appreciate and enjoy…”

The following press statement on the passing of cultural icon Dennis ‘Sprangalang’ Hall was submitted by the National Action Cultural Committee (NACC):

Photo: Dennis ‘Sprangalang’ Hall.
(via Newsday.co.tt)

The National Action Cultural Committee (NACC) wishes to extend condolences to the family and friends of Dennis ‘Sprangalang’ Hall and the entire cultural fraternity and national community, on his passing. As a comedian, he brought joy and laughter to the hearts of patrons of the arts throughout Trinidad and Tobago, across the region and beyond.

If ‘laughter is the best medicine’, then Sprangalang was one of the best doctors that T&T has produced.

But Sprangalang was also a producer, composer and singer, talk show host and actor. He immersed himself deeply in our culture. Sprangalang was absolutely in love with the Trinidad and Tobago experience: our people, sense of humour, our art and culture, our history and our unique way of doing things.

His roots go back to the ‘Black Power movement’ of the 1970s. He was part of the new consciousness which swept the region at that time and which influenced his world view. He was certainly a man of deep and original thought.

Dennis Sprangalang Hall will always be remembered for his ability to take serious and complex issues and portray them in a manner in which everyone could understand, appreciate and enjoy.

We are saddened by his passing, which comes just five months after that of his brother, Anthony. His passing is certainly a great loss to the arts community and the nation. May his soul rest in peace.

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  1. Earl Best

    We have to ask ourselves, I think, if the laughter Sprang generated was just laughter.

    A lot of it, I would venture. But some of it was the kind of laughter at the end of which you checked yourself and said to yourself, “But eh-eh, yuh know he might be on to something there.”

    Which puts the focus sharply on something you read in the Vaneisa Baksh piece, which says that he wanted to be a teacher.

    Take a moment to ask yourself this: in any real sense, wasn’t he?