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Calypso Rose: The Lioness of the Jungle
© Dynamo production
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  • Trinité-et-Tobago, France | 2011 | 84 minutes | HD
  • Un film de Pascale Obolo

Calypso Rose est l'ambassadrice de la musique caribéenne. Légende vivante du Calypso, elle a une personnalité charismatique, souvent comparée aux plus grandes chanteuses de la soul, comme Aretha Franklin, Miriam Makeba, ou Cesaria Evoria.
"Je ne suis pas devenue une chanteuse de Calypso, je suis née dans le Calypso" dit Calypso Rose.
Ce film est tout d'abord un portrait intimiste sur la grande diva, reine du Calypso, mais c'est aussi un voyage musical qui nous emmène de l'île de Tobago (l'idyllique île de Robinson Crusoé), à New York, Paris, Ouidah et Cotonou. Chacune de ces destinations nous fait découvrir un épisode particulier de la vie de calypso rose. Cette activiste, féministe se livre : elle évoque son enfance, ses sources d'inspiration, son parcours, son engagement pour l'humanitaire et pour la reconnaissance des droits des femmes... mais la foi qui guide sa vie a aussi une importance capitale dans son cheminement artistique.

Calypso Rose is an ambassador of Caribbean music. Living legend of Calypso music, she is a charismatic character often compared to the great Soul singers such as Aretha Franklin. She did a reprise of her famous song Say a Little Prayer for You, or Miriam Makeba, with who she will sing Voodoo Lay Loo in the eighties. This music, in its' rebellious and mocking style, is Trinidad & Tobago's soul, ex English colony, located in the Caribbean sea.
Born in the village of Bethel in Tobago in 1940, she has been singing since the age of 15 years and hasn't stopped spreading the daily tales of her native island, on the world stages, with an inbred energy and a contagious love for life. IN 1978, she will become the first woman to be crowned Calypso Queen during Trinidad's famous carnival, (which after her win, was changed to the title of Calypso Monarch). During her career, she wrote more than 800 songs and recorded 25 albums, making her the uncontested diva of Calypso.

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