Calypso Rose

CNC3:-  Calypso Rose, 78, must find room again in her trophy cabinet for yet another international award.

The holder of this country’s highest award, the Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, is to be awarded the Grand Prize for World Music at the Sacem Grand Prix in France in December this year.

She is among a list of awardees that includes English songwriter Ed Sheeran, in an event that will celebrate the outstanding in songwriting, music publishing, humour and classical contemporary music at Salle Pleyel on the evening of Monday 10 December.

The Sacem Grands Prix are musical awards given annually to professionals in the world of music by the Society of Authors, Composers and Music Publishers (Sacem).

They give rise to an annual awards ceremony, which has been held since 2006.

Calypso Rose, whose real name is McCartha Linda Sandy-Lewis, is no stranger to winning top international awards.

The veteran calypsonian won the World Album of the Year award at the Victoire de la Musique award ceremony in France in 2017.

The award is considered the French equivalent of a Grammy award.

Rose’s album, Far from Home, competed against rock group Acid Arab  with their album “Music of France” and Rokia Traore with her album “Born So.”

Far From home, the platinum-selling album was released on the Because Music label on June 3, 2016.

Calypso Rose was also awarded the 2016 Artist Award by the World Music Expo (WOMEX).

She topped artists from 95 countries in receiving the prestigious award.

WOMEX is an international networking platform for the world music industry.

The Artist Award is the top award given out at the WOMEX event.

It had never been won by a Trinidad and Tobago citizen before.

In 1975, the Tobago-born calypsonian won her first national award, the Public Service Medal of Merit (Silver).

Some 15 years later in 2000, Rose won the Humming Bird Medal (Gold).

In 2017 she won the highest award the nation can offer.

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