The calypso fraternity and by extension the nation has been thrown into mourning over the passing of Sandra ‘Singing Sandra’ Des Vignes, who died overnight.
The calypso legend had been at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex receiving treatment for an unknown ailment.
Best known for songs like ‘Voices from the Ghetto’ and ‘Die With My Dignity’, the 64 year old is the only woman calypsonian on record to win the Calypso Monarch title two times- once in 1999 and again in 2003.
News of her passing caused sadness, with many reflecting on the imprint she has made in Trinbagonian culture.
Tourism Minister Randall Mitchell, in expressing his condolences, noted: “Long before the “Time’s Up” and the “Me Too” movements took root, Singing Sandra embraced the women’s movement and provided our women with the rallying call to “die with their dignity”. 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.”
Opposition Leader Kamla Persad Bissessar also offered condolences.
“Sandra’s powerful voice and stirring lyrics will be remembered by fans here 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,” she said.