From Calypso Queen of the World to the Queen of France, McCartha “Calypso Rose” Lewis will soon add the role of “ambassador” to the titles that she already holds. This was announced by Community Development, Culture and the Arts Minister Dr Nyan Gadsby Dolly at yesterday’s post-Cabinet news conference at the Diplomatic Centre in St Ann’s.
“The Cabinet has made the decision that Calypso Rose will receive a diplomatic passport and as well...with her permission...an aircraft of our Caribbean Airlines fleet will be named for her...in recognition of her stellar achievement.” Last month, Rose became this country’s first ever artiste to win the French version of the Grammy’s -- the Victoires de la Musique -- after her platinum selling album Far From Home, was voted Album of the Year.
On February 24, Rose paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley at the Office of the Prime Minister in St Clair. After Rose won her award, Rowley said, “Calypso Rose has consistently delivered high quality music and entertaining performances to a wide variety of audiences during her long career.”
Calypso Rose, 76, is coming off a brilliant run in which she earned the equivalent of a French Grammy for her album Far From Home at the Victoire de la Musique awards and had a good run for the Carnival season with her hit “Leave Me Alone.”
She is currently in Tobago, where the Tobago House of Assembly is also planning to honour her achievement.
Sources: Trinidad Guardian and T&T Newsday
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