Trinidad and Tobago (Thursday, February 11, 2021) — Sandra DesVignes-Millington, popularly known as Singing Sandra, died on Thursday, January 28, 2021.
The Trinidadian calypso artiste — who was born in 1957 in East Dry River, and raised in Morvant — won the Calypso Monarch title at the 1999 and 2003 carnivals.
Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts, Senator Randall Mitchell, expressed sadness upon hearing of the passing of the legendary calypsonian, who was 64 years old.
“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,” Minister Mitchell said.
He also extended condolences to the family of ‘Singing Sandra’ and the calypso fraternity, many of whom she mentored.
For decades, Singing Sandra not only entertained national and international audiences with her many calypsoes, but she was seen as an educator, via her songs.
Long before the “Time’s Up” and the “Me Too” movements took root, Singing Sandra embraced the women’s movement and provided women with the rallying call to “die with their dignity”.