Calypso Rose. photo: Jean-Pierre Jeannin
Published: 17 November, 2016
IN the same week that Leonard Cohen died, another poet-singer came to the Jazz Café in Camden Town. Not as well known, of course, but just as bright a star – Calypso Rose, a 76-year-old woman who soared to fame in Trinidad in the 70s winning the title of Carnival Queen.
Fans of all ages packed the venue on Monday evening, hypnotised by the extraordinary emotional power of a woman whose songs were all hers – one, I’m an African, was about her great-great grandmother, who had been kidnapped in Guinea, Africa, and then “bound and gagged and sold as a slave”.
Songs, calypso-style, poems of the street, tales of life.