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Also known as  Calypso Rose
Name  Calypso Rose
Years active  1977–present
Instruments  Vocalist

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Birth name  McArtha Linda Sandy-Lewis
Born  27 April 1940 Bethel Village, Tobago (1940-04-27)
Website  Calypso Rose Tribute Site
Albums  The Queen of Trinidad, Soca Diva, Calypso @ Dirty Jim's
Similar People  Mighty Sparrow, Lord Kitchener, Shurwayne Winchester, Superblue, Black Stalin

Occupation(s)  Musician, songwriter

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Calypso Rose (born April 27, 1940, in Bethel Village, Trinidad & Tobago) is a calypsonian. She started writing songs at the age of 15; over the years, she has composed more than 800 songs and recorded more than 20 albums.


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She currently resides in Queens, New York, and has stated that she likes to return to her native island several times a year to “revitalize herself” and “get back to her African roots in Tobago”.

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Calypso Rose, born Linda McCartha Monica Sandy-Lewis, grew up in a small village on the island of Tobago, one of the two Caribbean islands forming the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, birthplace of calypso, one of the most popular style of music in the world.

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Her father was a preacher and a leader of the Spiritual Shouter Baptists. Her family was very traditional and opposed her singing in Carnival tents. She composed her first calypso in 1955 after seeing a man steal the show from two women performing on a stage: this was the earliest calypso written on gender inequality.

Travelling outside of Trinidad & Tobago for the first time in 1963, Rose covered the Caribbean islands from Grenada to St. Thomas. She won the Calypso King contest in St. Thomas with her first recording, Cooperation. This was the first time a woman had ever been awarded the title.

In 1964, she decided to dedicate her life to a career in music . Though originally known as Crusoe Kid, she was given the name Calypso Rose by calypsonian Mighty Spoiler and fellow Carnival tent members.

In 1966 Rose wrote the song "Fire in Me Wire", the first calypso ever running two years in a row at the Trinidad carnival. She performed with Bob Marley & the Wailers at the Grand Ballroom in New York City in 1967.

1978 marked the year the Trinidad Road March competition’s title was changed to Calypso Monarch in her honour.

Rose has been living in New York since 1983. In October 1996, she underwent surgery for breast cancer and in 1998 undertook therapy for a malignancy in her stomach.

She was the subject of a documentary (Calypso Rose, Lioness in the Jungle) in 2011.

In 2015 French singer Manu Chao discovered her work and decided to help out with the production of her new album, in which he is featured on three songs. A compilation, Calypso Soundsystem feat. Calypso Rose, Queen of Calypso for 40 years!, was released by label Because Music (Major Lazer, Manu Chao, Selah Sue, Christine & the Queens, Justice) in 2016. Rose released her album, Far from Home, in June 2016 and won the 2017 World Music Album of the Year prize at French music award ceremony Les Victoires de la Musique. In 2017 the album was awarded Platinum sale status in France, a premiere for any artist from Trinidad and Tobago.

Awards and honours

  • 1978: Award for Unprecedented Achievement by a Calypsonian from the Trinidad and Tobago Alliance of the USA.
  • 1978: Distinguished Achievement Award for the First Triple Crown Calypso Monarch of the World by The Tobago Benevolent Society.
  • 1979: Award for Magnanimous Contribution to the Culture by the Caribbean Arts and Culture Council.
  • 1982: Rose was named an honorary citizen of Belize in 1982 in recognition of her work to raise the country's international awareness on the cultural front. In 1993, she was awarded the key to the city of St Catharines, Ontario, Canada, by the city's mayor.
  • 1983: Top Female Calypsonian by the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
  • 1984: Queen of Soca and Calypso Award by Super Jocks Records.
  • 1985: Best Female Recording Artist Award by C.E.I.
  • 1986: Recognition for Achievement in Human Progress from the Concerned Citizens of Liberia Organization.
  • 1988: Gratitude and Commendation for the Development of Arts and Culture in Belize by the National Arts Council of Belize.
  • 1988: Appointment as Foremost Ambassador of Culture by the West Indian Day Association.
  • 1989: Humanitarian Award by Sunshine Music Awards.
  • 1989: Recognition for contribution to the steelpan by the Calypso and Steelband Music Awards.
  • 1989: Best Party Song by the Sunshine Music Awards
  • 1989: Best Female Vocalist by the Sunshine Music Awards.
  • 1990: Nafeita Lifetime Achievement Awards.
  • 1991: Outstanding Female in the Field of Music Award by the National Woman’s Action Committee.
  • 1991: Most Outstanding Woman in Trinidad and Tobago by the National Women’s Action Committee.
  • 1993: Inducted into the Tobago Walk of Fame as a charter member.
  • 1993: Honored by the mayor of St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, with the keys to the City.
  • 1999: Tobago House of Assembly decreed that the new hospital to be built in Tobago would be named the McCartha Lewis Memorial Hospital, in honour of Calypso Rose.
  • 1999: International Caribbean Music Award’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • 2011: Africa Festival Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2014: Honorary Doctor of Letters - University of the West Indies 2014
  • 2016: WOMEX Artist of the Year Award
  • 2017: Calypso Rose's Far From Home won the World Music Album of the Year contest at the 32nd annual French music award ceremony, Les Victoires de la Musique
  • Films

  • 1979 - Bacchanal Time
  • 1991 - One Hand Don't Clap
  • 2011 - Calypso Rose: the Lioness of the Jungle
  • References

    Calypso Rose Wikipedia