Trinbagonian Calypso Rose still doing it

Last year Beyonce was named the first African-American female to headline the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California, boasting sold-out crowds of more than 70,000 it is arguably the biggest music festival in America. 

This year, another first registered in the music discography when Tobago’s own Calypso Rose was inscribed as the oldest performer to ever challenge the great west coast stage. 

At age 78, she took to the stage two weekends in a row and in her inimitable style, gyrated to the sounds of her twin-island calypso and soca beats to win approval from a diverse crowd of mostly-millennial music fans — many of whom admittedly conceded they had never heard of the Caribbean queen but will now add her to their playlist. 

Reportedly social media found her “adorable.” 

Patrons to the pop fest described her as a “treasure.” 

And after two weekend appearances, the overwhelming consensus is that the veteran Trinbagonian might be a brand, new discovery and even an “overnight success.” 

Not so, Calypso Rose has been singing from age 15. She has composed more than 800 songs and has fiercely broadened her repertoire singing gospel, and other genres of music. 

As a matter of fact Caribbean music lovers have known the endearing singer for decades. 

“Now I am the queen of Coachella and the queen is from Trinidad and Tobago,” she declared to her newly-conquered kingdom. 

Crowned by an intergenerational mostly millennial crowd for her stellar performance of “Tempo,” “Leave Me Alone,” “Fire, Fire,” “Abatina” and was joined onstage by Nailah Blackman and Machel Montano. 

Her sounds and actions along with a legacy that began 60 years ago now dubs Linda McArtha Sandy-Lewis AKA Calypso Rose — the oldest performer to grace the California Coachella stage......

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