Grenada’s first female Calypso Monarch, Cynthia Ogiste, whose stage name is “Lady Cinty” has been recognized by the Spice Mas Corporation (SMC).
The St. Patrick’s-based calypsonian who won the title in 1983 was presented with a plaque by SMC’s Chairman, Colin Dowe during the National Queen Show Competition last week Thursday for which she said she is honoured.
Dowe said Lady Cinty’s contribution to culture did not merely come in the forms of the songs she wrote and performed, but she also gave to Grenada two sons, Kellon and Kelson Ogiste who have carried on the legacy through their power soca and groovy soca songs.
The Ogiste brothers who are widely known as Luni Sparks and Electrify are former soca monarchs.
The plaque given to Lady Cinty reads, “Spice Mas Corporation awards Cynthia Ogiste in recognition of your dedicated commitment to Grenada’s culture.”
In an exclusive interview with THE NEW TODAY Newspaper, Lady Cinty felt that the recognition from SMC is due to her deep involvement in culture.
Lady Cinty who has her own cultural group in St. Patrick’s spoke of being involved with a number of women’s group.
The former female Calypso Monarch has also been the first person to organize the Senior Citizens in Concert.
She said all these have given her the impetus to continue doing what she can to lift the standard of culture in Grenada.
In the month of May, Lady Cinty was recognized by her sons at a massive show at the Spice Basket called “The return of the Queen” for her contribution to them.
The female calypsonian first began singing in 1978 with a little known band that was owned by former government minister Kenny Lalsingh before moving on to the Black Roots Calypso Tent from Sauteurs, St, Patrick’s.
She said her recognition as a female artiste first started in 1983 when she was crowned the Calypso Monarch in that year with the songs, “A trip down hell,” and “The future of the children.”
Lady Cinty said she was motivated into singing calypso by another Sauteurs-based calypsonian, Scientist who wrote her first song, “Where you sleep last night.”
She is promising her fans that she would be back in calypso competition next year.
However, she said she is likely to be showcased during the Christmas Season.