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Denyse Plummer is a calypso singer from Trinidad and Tobago. The 1954 born blue-eyed daughter of a white father and black mother, she initially faced significant prejudice in a genre traditionally seen as Afro-Caribbean, but was eventually recognized as a leading calypso performer.

Before entering the calypso world however, Plummer was well known as a pop singer at intimate bars and hotels throughout Trinidad and Tobago.

Denyse Plummer made her debut in 1986. Her debut in calypso was bitter sweet since she found herself at the end of an unappreciative audience at Skinner Park who hurled scores of oranges and toilet paper rolls at her during a performance. The crowd had come prepared to chase off the racially mixed Trinidadian they considered to be "treading on their turf". But Plummer weathered the storm and now has many achievements to prove it, including multiple Calypso Queen titles.

Enlisted by Phase II Pan Groove steelband arranger Len "Boogsie" Sharpe in 1986 to sing his band's Panorama entry, Trinidadian calypso sensation Denyse Plummer began making a name for herself as a calypsonian.

In 1988, with yet another Len "Boogsie" Sharpe pan tune, "Woman Is Boss," she arrived at the National Calypso Monarchy finals and also won the Calypso Queen crown. Since then she has taken the Calypso Queen crown a total of four times and has won the World Calypso Crown three times. Blessed with a strong voice and always an outstanding composition, Plummer makes records that are fresh and exciting.

Denyse Plummer is the 3rd female calypsonian to ever win the "Young King" competition and has made it to Calypso Monarch finals in 1988, 1989, 1991 and was victorious in 2001, taking home the coveted title for the first time.

It was then that Plummer started making a name for herself as a calypsonian. In 1988, with yet another "Boogsie" pan tune, "Woman Is Boss," she arrived at the National Calypso Monarchy finals and also won the Calypso Queen crown. In 1991 Plummer released a Christmas (soca) track "Santa de conductor" and in 93 and 94 turned on the heat with "Fire" and "Tempo" respectively. In 1997 she offered the hit "Miss-behave" and "Tabanca" in 2000. In 2001 in what was probably her best year yet, she won the Calypso monarch with ╦ťHeroes" and "Nah leavin."

Discography

  • 1986 Pan Rising/One Love
  • 1987 Pan Progress/This Feeling Nice
  • 1988 The Boss
  • 1989 Still The Boss
  • 1992 Carnival Killer
  • 2000 W.I. Posse 2000
  • 2001 Whole Trinidadian

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