Calypso Rose Inspires the Next Generation of Calypsonians at MusicTT Workshop
Photo: (l-r) Mr. Lutalo Masimba, President of Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organization, Dr. The Honourable Nyan Gadsby- Dolly, Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, Dr. Linda Mc Cartha Monica Sandy- Lewis, Calypso Rose, Senator the Honourable Paula Gopee-Scoon, Minister of Trade and Industry and Mr. Calvin Bijou, Chairman of the Trinidad & Tobago Creative Industries Company Limited.
Photo Credit: Ronald Mendoza Photography
A packed house at the National Academy for Performing Arts was captivated by Calypso Rose as she inspired participants at the recent Business of Calypso Workshop with tales of her youth, challenges she overcame during her career and her drive to create global appreciation for calypso music. Calypso Rose, Trinidad and Tobago’s first Gold and Platinum album artist (in France) and Victoire de la Musique (French Grammy) winner for World Album of the Year, was the feature speaker at this one-day capacity building initiative hosted by the Trinidad and Tobago Music Company Limited (MusicTT) in partnership with the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organization (TUCO) and Guardian Media Limited.
Jeanelle Frontin, General Manager of MusicTT explains, “The Business of Calypso Workshop was Calypso Rose’s way of giving back to our local music industry after benefitting from MusicTT’s first Open Call for Proposals in 2015/2016. She is a fountain of information and willingly shared invaluable career advice that may be beneficial to both established and aspiring artists, and music practitioners.”
The Business of Calypso Workshop was fully supported by the Ministry of Trade and Industry who sees the value that this initiative brings to the growth and development of the local music industry. In her address, Senator The Honourable Paula Gopee-Scoon, Minister of Trade and Industry, not only congratulated Calypso Rose for internationalizing calypso music but also spoke of the importance of focusing on the music industry. “This art form needs to be acknowledged for its economic viability, including the creation of jobs and the generation of revenue. The focus must be on the business aspect of music so that the talented individuals, in particular the youth, would be encouraged to choose the music industry as a career path just as Calypso Rose bravely did,” Minister explained.
Her sentiments were echoed by The Honourable Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, Minster of Community Development, Culture and the Arts who stated, “This is a time where we have to look at our creativity as a way for diversification, as a way for bringing economic reserves into the country.”
John Arnold, Chairman of MusicTT, praised Calypso Rose for her contribution to the industry for over more than sixty years. “Calypso Rose has given us a lot. She has been able to amplify the awareness of the destination and amplify the visibility of Trinidad and Tobago as an ambassador,” Arnold applauded.
The workshop’s agenda also included several panel discussions featuring notable industry practitioners such as Carl ‘Beaver’ Henderson, Robert Amar, Richard Ahong, Jean Michel Gilbert, Anne Marie Omed Joseph and Fabien Alfonso who shared their knowledge, opinions and advice to stimulate thought-provoking discussions on the essentials in composing calypso, calypso music production and music business, finance and marketing.
An extempo activity was included as a practical component which allowed participants to showcase what they learned during the morning session of the workshop.