EVEN as Calypso Rose collected they key to San Fernando and sang her famous tune “More Tempo” which is about the southern City, she revealed that another song to San Fernando will be out soon.
“I have signed a contract to do a 2017 album and San Fernando another calypso is coming,” she told those gathered at San Fernando City Hall.
Chairman of the San Fernando Heritage Trust said the function was history in the making. He said Rose had created a sense of nostalgia and had encouraged people to appreciate the arts and culture of San Fernando and of Trinidad and Tobago.
Calypso Rose whose name is McArtha Lewis described San Fernando as her “second town” as she accepted the key to the City from Mayor Junia Regrello. She said she had already received keys from the City of Port of Spain and also from Toronto, Canada.
Rose also yesterday visited former Calypso Monarch Leroy “Black Stalin” Calliste at his San Fernando home. Calliste had suffered a stroke back in 2014 extended the invitation to the Calypso Rose.
During her visit Rose hugged Stalin and sang her some of her renditions. Soca Monarch Aaron “Voice” St Louis and saxophonist and bandleader Roy Cape were also present. A pastor prayed during the visit and pupils from the nearby pre-school were also on hand to sing along with Rose as she belted out the song “Leave Me Alone” which she remixed for 2017 Carnival with soca star Machel Montano.
Earlier during the function at City Hall, Rose recalled competitions she won in the past years. She said she was the second female to have won the Calypso Monarch title.
She said when southern businessman Lall Parsotan started the female calypso competition she won the title five consecutive times. She said before her fifth title, “The Mighty Sparrow bet $40,000 that I will lose the competition. I said when I win I don't want the money, I will give it away. I went up and I won the fifth competition.” She also gave away the $3,000 prize money to the San Fernando Port of Spain and Scarborough General Hospitals after Dr Eric Williams was approached and he consulted with his Cabinet.
Rose who returned to Trinidad during the height of the Carnival Season had weeks earlier she acquired the French's equivalent to the Grammys when won Album of the Year in the World category at the Victoires de la Musique in France.
She said she had opened the door for others and those gathered agreed with her that she had done the Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago and the San Fernando proud.
The function was attended by the wife of former Prime Minister Patrick Manning, Hazel Manning, deputy political leader of the People's National Movement (PNM) Joan Yuille-Williams, winners of the South Band of the Year Lionel and the South King and Queen of the Bands Rose Marie Jagessar and her son Lionel Jagessar Jnr.
Rose was also serenaded by the National Junior Extempo Monarch Kevan Calliste.