Calypso Rose, The Lioness of the Jungle (2011)

Biography / 1h25m / Feature / Documentary


An exuberant and inspiring ambassador for the Caribbean, Calypso Rose is the uncontested and much decorated diva of Calypso music. With more than 800 recorded songs, she continues to be a pioneer and champion of women's rights, as she travels the world making music. Journeying to Paris, New York, Trinidad and Tobago and to her ancestral home in Africa, we learn more about Calypso Rose in each place, and the many faces and facets of her life. The daughter of an illiterate Trinidadian fisherman, Calypso Rose was sent to live with relatives in Tobago at the age of 9. At 15 she wrote her first song and launched a career that took her to the top of the male dominated calypso world. This creative film is not only about memory and the exchange and discovery of world cultures, but also about the journey of a remarkable woman, an Afro-Caribbean soul and an exemplary artist.

Directed by Pascale Obolo


Trinidad and Tobago
France, Trinidad and Tobago, United States
Calypso Rose, The Lioness of the Jungle


Jean-Michel Gibert; Pascale Obolo -