‘Candice Does it with Tribute to Rose’ at Queen’s Hall (Express Review)
Newspaper – Express
Date Published – Feb 19th, 2014
Writer – Verdel Bishop
The most respected and celebrated female calypsonian the world over, Calypso Rose (McCartha Lewis) was honoured, through a sterling tribute in a calypso titled “Queen of the Road”, by newly-crowned NWAC National Calypso Queen Candice Robinson. The Tobago-based calypsonian beat out 21 contenders to get the judges’ nod. A rowdy audience enjoyed an entertaining night of calypsoes from the female bards. Many of the contenders utilised elaborate props with bele dancers and African drums to enhance their performances.
Robinson, who is attached to the TUCO Tobago Magnificent Glow Calypso Tent is no stranger to winner’s row, having also captured the 2007 and 2011 Tobago Calypso Queen titles. Dressed in a long flowing red dress, Robinson executed her calypso in earnest capturing the attention of both the judges and patrons at Queen’s Hall in St Ann’s. Robinson said Calypso Rose paved the way for women in the calypso art form today. The Henson Wright composition, Robinson said, is a worthy tribute to “Her Majesty”. “I call Calypso Rose ‘Her Majesty’. I don’t call her anything else.