Friday 27 September 2019
The undisputed calypso queen, McCartha Linda Sandy Lewis, known as Calypso Rose, is coming, for the first time to Greece, to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center for a memorable live concert at the Great Lawn.
Calypso Rose is considered the mother of calypso, with a career that spans over more than five decades, counting numerous awards and distinctions. At the age of fifteen, she wrote her first Calypso song, making it the first song of the genre to denounce inequality between the sexes. In 1963, she was the first woman to win the title of “Calypso King” and in 2019, 79-year-old Calypso Rose became the oldest artist ever to perform at Coachella.
In her lengthy career, Calypso Rose has released more than 20 albums and her platinum-selling 2016 release, Far From Home, features a collaboration with Manu Chao. Her upcoming album, which is slated for release later in the year, promises to explore hidden gems in the artist’s vast repertoire, spanning a variety of styles, while drawing on the Jamaican, African and South American music traditions, as well as personal re-readings of songs from the reservoir of the Afro-Caribbean heritage.
Mc Cartha Lewis/Calypso Rose, lead vocals
Pascale Kameni Kamga, vocals
Sylvia Laubé, vocals
Corey Wallace, bass
Gregory Louis, drums
Jean M'Ba N'Guema, guitar
David Aubaile, keyboards
Fabien Kisoka, saxophone
Sylvain Bardiau, trumpet & trompone
“Grandma, I want to marry you!”
– Young man in the audience during Calypso Rose’s last tour
Friday 27/09 | 21.00
*Visitors are advised to bring insect repellent and a mat, or a blanket for sitting on the ground