Calypso Rose Launches New Airplane, New York Concert and New Video.
Calypso Rose signs to Mad Decent (Major Lazer Label ) for USA to release the Leave Me Alone Remixes EP, August 11, already out in Trinidad featuring remixes by Kubiyashi, Témé Tan, Freakmakers and Roscius.
Rose will play Late Summer Show in New York on August 30 at Stage 48 Manhattan along with KOBOTOWN ,David Rudder ,Angela Hunte ,MX Prime and Ultimate Rejects.
Rose will have her Caribbean Airline Boeing 737 with Calypso Rose branding to be unveiled on July 14.
New Video For Single “Far From Home” Now Streaming Via: https://youtu.be/H23T9t94BhY
The Tobagonian singer Calypso Rose announced today her partnership with Mad Decent, who will release a collection of remixes of Rose’s international hit “Leave Me Alone,” on July 28. The track comes from her latest album, Far From Home (produced by Ivan Duran with additional productions from Manu Chao), which achieved massive success in Europe upon its release in 2016, going platinum in France, and earning her the Victoires de la Musique (French Grammy) for World Music Album of the Year, and title of Womex Artist of the Year. Mad Decent will release the album in North America later this year. Rose and her band will play Stage 48 in New York on August 30, and the Ohana Festival in Los Angeles on September 10.
“Leave Me Alone” has garnered nearly 3 million views on YouTube and is topping the charts in Trinidad. The song has become an anthem for a movement in Trinidad called #LeaveSheAlone, which aims to bring attention to the culture of sexual assault, domestic violence and harassment that is pervasive during Carnival. Outlets including the Washington Post and Slate have profiled the movement.
As something of a cultural ambassador for Tobago, Rose sat down with Anthony Bourdain for a recently aired episode of his CNN show, “Parts Unknown.” The two discussed Rose’s life, recording career and connection to the island.
Rose has enjoyed a long and celebrated career as the matriarch of the genre from which she takes her name. She’s released around 20 albums, has collaborated with artists including Bob Marley & The Wailers, won the prestigious “Calypso King” competition enough times that they renamed it the gender neutral “Calypso Monarch” in her honor, and has been the recipient of countless awards, including the International Caribbean Music Award’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
The New York Times has praised her “deeply authoritative, irresistibly buoyant take on calypso,” and The Fader writes, “At 76, the calypso legend still hasn’t lost the pulse of the party.”
Born McCartha Linda Lewis in Bethel, a small village on the island of Tobago, Rose was the daughter of a Baptist preacher who thoroughly opposed to her pursuing a musical career. Never one to simply follow orders, she composed her first song at the age of 13 and began performing around Trinidad and Tobago under the name Crusoe Kid, and later as Calypso Rose. She spent 17 years singing on cruise ships for the New York-based company Celebration At Sea, eventually graduating to the legendary stages of the Apollo Theater and Madison Square Garden to perform with two of the greatest Calypso artists: Lord Kitchener and Mighty Sparrow. A fighter her whole life through, Rose has survived sexual assault, cancer and two heart attacks, and has disrupted the established order of Calypso, which until her arrival was dominated by men. Only those who have overcome such hardships can sing life not only with such force, but also with such pleasure.