Calypso Rose has today shared a selection of remixes of her recent single, Young Boy, which features renowned Trinidadian singer-songwriter, Machel Montano.
The remixes of this first single to be taken from her forthcoming new album, which the spritely soon-to-be 79-year-old has been recording over the past 12 months, come from Walshy Fire (Major Lazer), Bamao Yendé (founder of Boukan Records) and Pouvoir Magique (from Afro-electro crew Mawimbi).
About the remix, Major Lazer’s Walshy Fire says: “It was an honor and a pleasure to do a remix for Calypso Rose. I’m very excited.”
The remix EP, premiered by The FADER, comes right after Calypso Rose’s history making appearance at Coachella.
From The FADER: “his “Young Boy” remix puts you in the middle of the carnival in Trinidad & Tobago.”
At 78, the Queen of Calypso became the oldest artist ever to perform at the festival, a feat which resulted in a wave of coverage marking this monumental achievementfrom US press including TMZ, NBC, CNN, Buzzfeed, Los Angeles Times, Billboard, USA Todayand Brut.
Calypso Rose was also one of only a handful of artists the legendary festival chose to document
‘Young Boy’ was written some years ago, yet the lyrics came back to Calypso Rose during her last tour. They are, in part, a lament to her own childhood, when her father suddenly upped and left with a younger woman, leaving Calypso Rose’s mother to raise 13 children alone.
For this new version, created especially for the Trinidad and Tobago carnival (the major annual event which celebrates Caribbean music and culture), she’s brought on board the biggest names in soca music.
On vocals is the man she calls her “spiritual son”, the soca star Machel Montano, who also collaborated on production of the track. Their friendship spans more than 30 years since Calypso Rose took him under her wing at the start of his career at the age of nine. Kubiyashi, the name in Soca beats, American remixing legend Dave Pensado and Ivan Duran, who produced both the new album and her platinum-selling Far From Home, completes the Soca dream team.
Talking about the track, Calypso Rose said:
I wrote Young Boy years ago. Last year I did a show in south of France and a boy in his teens jumps on stage, start to whine and dance and say “Gramma, I want to marry you!” I thought to myself, Young Boy has to come back. I’ve known Machel since he was very young. He is dynamic and inspirational so I wanted to collaborate again with him on Young Boy. He did a fantastic job. He is my Young Boy.
Signing to Because Music in 2016, her album of the same year, Far From Home, produced by Ivan Duran in collaboration with Manu Chao, achieved platinum-selling status in France and made her a household name. Since then, this ambassador of calypso music has worked non-stop bringing this Trinidad and Tobago-born musical genre to people throughout the world.
She continues to tour (more than 130 dates in two years) and in recent years has been recognised with a series of awards (best World Music Album at the 2017 Victoires de la Musique French music awards, best Album, Americas section, at the 2017 Songlines Awards, Sacem Grand Prix for world music in 2018).
Later this year she releases a new album, which looks set to explore this important artist’s memoirs, featuring hidden gems from her abundant repertoire, plus some extremely personal interpretations of songs belonging to Caribbean and African musical heritage and a number of collaborations with artists who have been influenced by the career of the woman they affectionately call “Mama Rose.”