Another international award for Calypso Rose

Souce: Guardian

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.

Written by: Sampson Nanton