Trinidad’s calypso queen Denyse Plummer has died

August 29, 2023  -Denyse Plummer, a legendary Trinidadian calypsonian who later transitioned into gospel music, passed away on Sunday at the age of 69 after a prolonged struggle with cancer.

From Calypso queen to spiritual beacon

Known for her hit songs like “Nah Leaving”—considered a second national anthem by patriotic Trinidadians—and “Heroes,” which garnered her the Calypso Monarch title in 2001, Plummer had a storied career.

Her transformation into a born-again Christian marked a significant pivot in her life.

Denyse Plummer

Breaking barriers and winning hearts

Plummer stepped onto the national stage in 1986 at Calypso Fiesta in Skinner Park.

She persevered and became one of the nation’s most celebrated calypsonians.

She had notable achievements including multiple Female Calypso Crowns, the National Calypso Monarch and the Calypso Queen crown, as well as her triumphant victory in the Apollo Theatre’s Amateur Night.

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Remembering the Trinidadian icon

In a public statement, Plummer’s family honored her as a “wonderful mother, grandmother, wife, friend, and an exemplary example to younger generations.”

They expressed gratitude for the “magic” she brought into the world, assuring that she would continue to live on through her music and lasting impact on people.

Ainsley King, the president of Trinbago Unified Calypsonians’ Organisation (TUCO), expressed condolences, lauding Plummer for her versatile artistry that spanned multiple genres including calypso, soca, gospel, and chutney.

King remarked on Plummer’s unique journey from choir singer to calypso royalty, emphasizing her role in shattering gender and racial barriers in the industry.

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