Calypso Rose displays some of her past albums, along with Dr The Honourable Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts
Calypso Rose, known as the Calypso Queen of the World officially launched her album entitled, “Far From Home,” at a special news conference on Tuesday August 23, 2016 at the National Museum and Art Gallery on Frederick Street, Port of Spain.
Born Mc Cartha Lewis, Rose gained international recognition when she became the first woman to win the Road March title in 1977. Since then, she has become a household name to audiences around the world through her timeless melodies, driving rhythms and enormous stage presence.
So far the album, which was co-produced by international star Manu Chao, has gone Gold on mainstream music charts in France since its release in June 2016. It was during her performance at the MIDEM (Mee-dem) in Cannes, France that she was chosen to receive the WOMEX award for 2016 Artist of the Year on October 23, 2016. This award will be presented in Spain.
Addressing the audience at the event, she made a special appeal to young artists, urging them to keep the culture alive. This is clearly evident on her album, which features collaborations with Machel Montano, who does a cover version of her song entitled, “Leave Me Alone,” which is set for release next month and Bunji Garlin, who does vocals on the track, “I am an African.”
She lamented the state of calypso today and said she will strive to keep the artform alive, as she embarks on a 23-stop tour in Europe for the rest of 2016, and 40 more shows for 2017. She ended by belting out a verse from “Leave Me Alone,” much to the delight of the audience.
In response, Dr. The Honourable Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts pledged her continued support to the promotion of Calypso Rose and other young artistes in the future. She also thanked Rose for being an inspiration to all, including the young artistes. There are also plans for Calypso Rose to address a series of Music Workshops in schools across the country in 2017, in conjunction with the Ministry.
Earlier, Ingrid Ryan-Ruben, Director of Culture, provided an overview of the T.I.M.E (Trinbago Interactive Music Expo) initiative, which was started in 2014, with the even greater success of Calypso Rose resulting from the programme.
Also in attendance were: Angela Edwards, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry; Jean Michel Gibert, CEO of Maturity Music; Lorriane O’Conner, Rose’s local manager and Marlon De Bique, Cultural Officer I, who served as Chairperson for the event.
Calypso Rose interacts with the audience, as she displays a publication which featured an article on her music