With the ‘fire in her wire’ still ablaze, Calypso Rose’s performance at the Coachella Music Festival has generated a publicity whirlwind on American news media outlets.
The 78-year-old calypsonian made her debut at the California music expo last week, and has been featured on television programmes and digital news publications for her history-making set.
Rose, whose real name is McArtha Linda Sandy-Lewis, is the oldest singer to ever play at Coachella. She is also the first calypsonian to perform a full 45-minute stage set.
The festival is one of the largest and most well-known in the United States, with Grammy award-winning R&B artiste and American pop superstar Ariana Grande headlining this year’s edition.
During an interview on entertainment news programme, TMZ Live, host Charles Latibeaudiere jokingly asked Rose about the tumble she took on stage last Friday as she wined on a concert goer while singing her hit collaboration with Machel Montano, ‘Young Boy.’
“That wasn’t part of the song, right?” Latibeaudiere teased. “The ‘young boy’ isn’t supposed to, uh, well, I mean he is supposed to get you on the ground, but not that way, right?”
“Not that way,” laughed Rose with her illuminating smile.
“You’ve been in music longer than Paul McCartney, you’re aware of that right?” Latibeaudiere mused.
“I started at age 13!” said Rose, who is set to turn 79 on April 27.
TMZ Live co-host Harvey Levin marvelled at Rose’s energy on stage.
“Why do you think you’re connecting?...There used to be a joke about (Las) Vegas that, a lot of people—once they get ‘up there’ in years—they end up in Las Vegas...Why do you think at 78 you’re performing in Coachella where it’s a very young crowd?”
She credited her music label in France for securing a spot in Coachella, which she endearingly pronounces like the Trinidadian word for the spicy mango relish, kuchela.
News and entertainment website, Buzzfeed, heralded her achievements at the festival in an article published on Tuesday.
Buzzfeed staff writer, Patrice Peck, praised Rose for representing Trinidad and Tobago’s culture at her Coachella debut, and for being an ardent advocate for women’s equality.
That advocacy was also the focus of a video profile piece posted by digital news outlet, Brut, which asked Rose to talk about her feminism and her career.
“All the men all over the world who ate listening to me here today: never in your life raise your hand against a woman,” she declared.
The video has been viewed more than 640 thousand times.
“Ladies, I am still standing up for you and I will stand up for you until the good Lord say ‘come home,’ and I know the Lord ain’t calling me home now,” Rose declared in the video. “I am here for a purpose.”
Rose is set to grace the Coachella stage for a second time tomorrow. She has bookings in Germany, Switzerland and England in the coming months, and appearances in Japan scheduled for the end of the year.