Calypso Rose - Queen of Caribbean music
Calypso Rose is a living legend and icon in the calypso world, having taken the art form to every continent, while opening the door for other women to follow. Born MacCatha Lewis (after General Douglas MacArthur), Calypso Rose began performing in her native Tobago when she was 15. Rose won the Calypso Queen competitionfive years in a row, while also trying to compete in the male-only Calypso King contest. In 1978, Rose captured calypso's premiere title with "I Thank Thee" and "Her Majesty", breaking down the gender barrier, causing the title to be renamed the Calypso Monarch.
Rose also became the first woman to capture the coveted Road March title, an honour she held for 21 years, until Sanell Dempster captured the championship on the road with "River". In 1978, by order of the Queen of England, Rose received the Medal of Merit from the Trinidad and Tobago Government.
Born and raised on the smaller of the twin island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean soca artiste, Shurwayne Winchester brings variety and exclusivity to the musical genre that continues to grow both regionally and internationally. Shurwayne's journey to stardom began at a very tender after, while still in the care of his parents on the island of Tobago.At the age of 12, he entered the competition arena, consistently making yearly contributions that impressed and propelled him to advanced stages. His ability to both pen lyrics he loved and sing them in tones far beyond what was expected of his age, gave him the fortitude to compete against some of the best in the industry.
Throughout his career he has gathered experience and obtained the required understanding of the music business through his affiliations with a number of bands, most notably, that of Caribbean Traffic Jam, of which he quickly became frontline singer.
Within his tenure with the band, Winchester achieved numerous monarch and Road March titles. In 2004, having already make a name for himself as a crooner for the ladies with tracks such as "Baby Love,' and "Under My Spell," Shurwayne moved to gather the masses with the road tune, "The Band Coming," copping the title of road March King for that year, much to the satisfaction of his fans. In 2005, with memories of what his achievement afforded in 2004, he did it yet again with the infectiously up-tempo track, "Dead or Alive," accomplishing that which many in the industry only dream of.
Inspired by the possibilities the lie ahead, the young man whose stage performance propels thousands of hysterical fans from North America and the Caribbean across the Atlantic, to Europe and India, into an effortless frenzy of excited abandon, continues to break musical barriers, and in late 2008, this was again proven when he formed his very own band, Y.O.U.- Yes One Unit.
Winston Bailey (born October 2, 1941), better known by his stage name The Mighty Shadow or Shadow, is a calypsonian from Trinidad and Tobago. Bailey was born in Belmont, a suburb of Port of Spain in Trinidad, but grew up in Les Coteaux, Tobago with his grandparents.He began to sing at a very early age and he wanted to be a singer although his grandfather told him he must be a lawyer.
He won the Road March in 1974 and 2001 with "Bassman" and "Stranger" respectively. He won the Calypso Monarch in 2000 with "What's Wrong With Me" and "Scratch Meh Back." Shadow is also known for his unique dance in which he jumped to the tempo of his music in "skip-rope style" with both feet in the air at the same time. He won the Trinidad & Tobago Humming Bird Medal (Silver) in 2003.
He was the first to win both the International Soca Monarch and the Trinidad Road March competitions simultaneously, a feat he accomplished in 2001 with his song "Stranger
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2 Gold Medals
2 Champion of the World Placque
Merle De Coteau Albino Award
Best Junior Vocalist â€“ Trinidad & Tobago
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Most Outstanding Vocalist â€“ Trinidad & Tobago
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