Calypso Rose (Linda Mc Cartha Sandy-Lewis) is set to make her debut at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival that takes place at Indio Empire Polo Club in California this weekend.
She will perform on the first and fourth shows of the six-night festival, and share the stage with a host of artistes including Janelle Monae, Rufus Du Sol, Blackpink and Kacey Musgraves. She will be backed by her band on the Gobi Stage on both weekends.
Rose’s performance and release of her music video for her latest composition, Young Boy, was highlighted in Billboard magazine Wednesday.
According to Billboard, Rose is just one of eight artistes who were filmed in their homelands for mini-documentaries that will be included in the Coachella Curated weekend two streaming programme.
The story by Patricia Meschino spoke of Rose being a 78-year-old Caribbean trailblazer, who will make history as the first calypsonian to perform at Coachella.
Meschino quoted Rose as saying: “Last year, I did a show in France and a 19-year-old boy jumped on stage, started dancing and he said, ‘Grandma, I want to marry you.’ I thought, I have to bring back Young Boy.”
The origins of the song goes back to 1992. Rose revisited it, and collaborated with soca star Machel Montano for the remake, with additional lyrics by Drew Gonzalves of Toronto-based Caribbean band Kobo Town and St Vincent’s Skinny Fabulous (Gamal Doyle).
It is produced by Ivan Duran, along with Montano and Kubiyashi.
The video was shot in Tobago and directed by Richard Voisin with artistic direction by Samy La Famille.
Montano is expected to join Rose on stage at Coachella to perform the song. According to Billboard, he said: “For the calypso genre to survive this long, for Coachella to recognise and give respect to the music created in Trinidad and Tobago, it’s like putting a flag down on the moon.”
After this gig, Rose will embark on yet another European tour that has events lined up for the next four months. But in between and after the tour, she has been contracted for shows in Trinidad, Germany, UK, Morocco, Spain, Scandinavia, Italy, Japan, Czech Republic and Hong Kong is asking questions.
She is managed by French-born Jean Michel Gibert and Lorraine O’Connor.