(CMR) Veteran calypsonian Sandra Des Vignes-Millington, popularly known as Singing Sandra, has died.
She died at the Mount Hope Hospital in Trinidad Wednesday night.
Singing Sandra (64), the second woman to win the Calypso Monarch contest in Trinidad and Tobago was often regarded as the mother of the calypso fraternity.
Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts Randall Mitchell said the country lost a great icon who entertained local and international audiences and educated her audiences through her performances, Trinidad Express reported.
“Singing Sandra was true to her word and as we mourn her passing, the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago in general, and the cultural fraternity, in particular, will always be thankful for her contribution, which has made us a richer nation,” Mitchell said.
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar said Trinidad and Tobago lost a gifted singer, songwriter, and artiste.
She said the artiste's powerful voice and stirring lyrics will be remembered by fans in Trinidad and Tobago and worldwide.
“The veteran calypsonian’s passion for her art was palpable in her performances, captivating audiences and earning her the coveted Calypso Monarch title on two occasions. Her songs such as “Voices From The Ghetto” and “Die With My Dignity” remain compelling social commentaries and give listeners insight into her experiences and how they shaped her life,” Persad-Bissessar said.
Singing Sandra won the National Calypso Queen title in 1987 before winning the Carifesta Monarch and Calypso Queen of the World titles in 1992.
She performed at the Reggae Sunsplash festival in 1992 and subsequently formed the group United Sisters along with Lady B, Tigress, and Marvellous Marva.
Singing Sandra continued to perform as a solo artist and won the ‘Best Nation Building Song' award at the 1997 carnival for the song “One Destiny One Heart.
She was also known for her thrilling performances, which included songs like “Voices From The Ghetto” and “Nobody Wins A War”..”