Legendary Tobagonian Singer Calypso Rose Unveils ‘LEAVE ME ALONE (FEAT. MANU CHAO) [MAD DECENT REMIXES]’ – EP via Mad Decent
Renowned Tobagonian songstress Calypso Rose continues her Mad Decent partnership with five newly minted remixes of “LEAVE ME ALONE,” one of the artist’s most celebrated tracks from her album FAR FROM HOME. Upon its release in 2016, the album went platinum in France, earning her the Victoires de la Musique (French Grammy) for World Music Album of the Year and the coveted title of Womex Artist of the Year.
Now, Mad Decent and Calypso Rose have hand selected Yaeji, Tony Quattro, Gregor Salto, Aquadrop and Mina for the second set of “LEAVE ME ALONE” remixes out on the label. Korean/American artist Yaeji delivers a stunning edit in her vein of whisper electronica, with Tony Quattro offering a globally influenced New York house rework. Dutch producer Gregor Salto imparts tribal house on the original, before Italy’s Aquadrop and London based Mina each supply unique takes on the track.
Via “LEAVE ME ALONE,” Calypso Rose advocates against sexual harassment at the annual Carnival celebration in her home country of Tobago. The track plays an integral role in her ability to spread equality in a predominately male-dominated Caribbean society. It spawned the international feminist movement #LeaveSheAlone, profiled by the Washington Post and Slate.
At 77 years old, Calypso Rose is a pioneer of the Calypso genre and a feminist icon, with tastemaker publication The FADER recently recognizing her as “a long-time champion of a woman’s right to let loose, party and, most importantly, do so free from the leering gaze and pawing hands of men.”
Born Linda McCartha Monica Sandy-Lewis, Calypso Rose became the first woman in history to win the Calypso King competition and received the title so many times that it was renamed the “Calypso Monarch” award in her honor. She has enjoyed a lengthy career as the
matriarch of the genre from which she takes her name, having released around 20 albums and previously collaborated with artists including Bob Marley & The Wailers.
Calypso Rose has been the recipient of countless awards, including the International Caribbean Music Awards’ Lifetime Achievement Award. The New York Times has praised her “deeply authoritative, irresistibly buoyant take on Calypso.”
Calypso Rose – Leave Me Alone (feat. Manu Chao) [Tony Quattro Remix]
Calypso Rose – Leave Me Alone (feat. Manu Chao) [Yaeji Remix]
Calypso Rose – Leave Me Alone (feat. Manu Chao & Machel Montano) [Gregor Salto Remix]
Calypso Rose – Leave Me Alone (feat. Manu Chao) [Aquadrop Remix]
Calypso Rose – Leave Me Alone (feat. Manu Chao & Machel Montano) [Mina Remix]
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