McArtha Linda Sandy-Lewis
, better known as Calypso Rose
(born April 27, 1940 in Bethel, Tobago
) is a Tobagonian calypsonian
She began writing songs at the age of 15, and has written over 800 songs. In 1966 she wrote the song Fire in Me Wire
, which has since become a calypso anthem. Rose was the first female to win the Trinidad Road March
Competition, in 1977 with her song "Tempo". She won the Calypso Queen title five years running. She has also won both the Trinidad Calypso Crown and Road March competitions in 1978, the Sunshine Award in 1989 and the Trinidad and Tobago Hummingbird Medal in 2000.
and Rock and roll
Hall of Fame artist Bonnie Raitt
covered Rose's song "Wah She Go Do" on an album, released in 1973, entitled Takin' My Time
Rose was named an honorary citizen of Belize
in 1982 in recognition of her work to raise the country's international awareness on the cultural front. In 1993, she was awarded the key to the city of St. Catharines, Ontario
by the mayor.
She has lived in Jamaica, Queens
since 1983. In October 1996, Rose underwent surgery for breast cancer
1979 - Bacchanal Time