Calypso Rose, real name MacArtha Lewis. For five years Rose outclassed the competition to win the national "Calypso Queen" title in Trinidad and Tobago. As a woman in a male arena, she challenged the world with her music. Having shared her enormous talent with audiences all over the world, Calypso Rose is the premier ambassador of Caribbean music. Rose began her illustrious career at the age of 15 in the village of Bethel on the beautiful Caribbean island of Tobago.
In 1966, Rose wrote the immortal Fire In Me Wire, a song which has become a Calypso anthem. It has been recorded in eight languages and is still the first Calypso to be sung for two consecutive years at the annual carnival competition in Trinidad and Tobago.
For five years Rose outclassed the competition to win the national "Calypso Queen" title in Trinidad and Tobago. During this time she kept knocking on the doors of the male dominated "Calypso King" competition. In 1978, those doors finally opened! With the powerful lyrics of I Thank Thee and Her Majesty, Rose was awarded the newly renamed "Calypso Monarch" title from a star studded field of the best competitors of the day. She also won the "Road March" title the previous year with Gimme More Tempo. To date, Calypso Rose still holds the distinction of being the only woman to win either title until 2009, placing her in a class by herself. 2009 crowned Faye Ann Lyons with the "Road March" title.
Included in her volumes of music are themes varied as the waves she created. She has composed such political commentaries as The Balance Wheel and Respect the Balisay; has got us jammin’ to such party songs and rhythms as Do Dem Back and The Action Is Tight; has raised our awareness of current conditions in Gun Play On The Parkway and Help; has taken a stand on women’s rights in No Madam; and has enamored us with songs such as You Can’t Buy Love.
Calypso Rose is still expanding her horizons, as her 1994 album, Soca Diva, illustrates, the Mother of Calypso, Rose fuses the rhythms and melodies of Africa, Central America, and the Caribbean into a sweet and oh so spicy bouquet. Besides being a vibrant and exciting performer and composer, Rose’s world-wide recognition has made her one of the most awarded and honored figures of the Caribbean music scene.
1975: Medal of Merit Class2 from Trinidad and Tobago government by order of Her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth of England.
Gold record, Do Dem Back
1977: Meritous Achievement Award by the city of Los Angeles, California, USA Everybody’s Magazine, Woman of the Year Award.
1978: Award for Unprecedented Achievement by a Calypsonian from the Trinidad and Tobago Alliance of the USA.
Distinguished Achievement Award for the First Triple Crown Calypso Monarch of the World by The Tobago Benevolent Society.
1979: Award for Magnanimous Contribution to the Culture by the Caribbean Arts and Culture Council.
1982: Album of the Year Award, Mass In California.
1983: Top Female Calypsonian by the Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.
1984: Queen of Soca and Calypso Award by Super Jocks Records.
1985: Best Female Recording Artist Award by C.E.I
1986: Recognition for Achievement in Human Progress from the Concerned Citizens of Liberia Organization.
1987: National Belize Music Award 25th Anniversary of Independence Ward by Stag Beer & Vat 19 Rum.
Recognition of Achievement for 30 years of Music by Rick Records.
1988: Gratitude and Commendation for the Development of Arts and Culture in Belize by the National Arts Council of Belize.
Appointment as Foremost Ambassador of Culture by the West Indian Day Association.
1989: Humanitarian Award by Sunshine Music Awards.
Recognition for contribution to the steelpan by the Calypso and Steelband Music Awards.
Best Party Song by the Sunshine Music Awards
Best Female Vocalist by the Sunshine Music Awards.
1990: Nafeita Lifetime Achievement Awards.
1991: Outstanding Female in the Field of Music Award by the National Woman’s Action Committee.
Recognition as Most Outstanding Woman in Trinidad and Tobago by the National Women’s Action Committee.
1993: Inducted into the Tobago Walk of Fame as a charter member.
1999: Tobago House of Assembly decrees that the new hospital built in Tobago shall be named after Calypso Rose (Mc Cartha Lewis Memorial Hospital.
Honored by the mayor of St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada, with the key to the City.
International Caribbean Music Award’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
**MacArtha Lewis a.k.a Calypso Rose was born on April 27, 1940.