Calypso Rose wins the Victoire accolade

Calypso Rose

Calypso Rose (McCarta Linda Sandy-Lewis) has won the coveted Victoire accolade- France’s version of the Grammys – for her platinum-selling album Far From Home.

The Victoire accolade is awarded by the French Ministry of Culture to the best musical artistes of the year. Calypso Rose’s album went platinum in France late last year, an achievement unmatched by any other local artiste.
On accepting the award at the gala Victoires de Musique ceremony in Paris on Friday, the 78-year old  artiste,  the first woman to win the calypso monarch title in the annual competition in Trinidad, declared she is now the “Queen of France,” drawing lusty applause from the audience.

On stage at the event,  she sang her hit song Leave me Alone, from the album Far From Home, before an audience of prominent French nationals.

The album, which was released  last June, competed against rock group Acid Arab with their album Music of France and Rokia Traore with her album Born So.

Far From Home is a collaboration with Manu Chao, a French-born musician of Spanish origin.

Leave Me Alone is reported to be “gaining momentum ” in Trinidad and Tobago  in ” the build up” to Carnival 2017.