Denyse Plummer

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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, Plummer was well known as a pop singer at intimate bars and hotels throughout Trinidad and Tobago.

Plummer made her debut in 1986 at Skinner Park, where she found herself at the end of an unappreciative audience who hurled scores of oranges and toilet paper rolls at her during a performance.[citation needed] The crowd had come prepared to chase off the racially mixed Trinidadian they considered to be "treading on their turf."

Plummer was enlisted by Phase II Pan Groove steelband arranger Len "Boogsie" Sharpe in 1986 to sing his band's Panorama entry. It was then that Plummer started 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.

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 title for the first time.[citation needed]

In 1991 Plummer released a Christmas soca track "Santa de conductor" and in 1993 and 1994 released "Fire" and "Tempo" respectively. In 1997 she released "Miss-behave" and, in 2000, "Tabanca.". Her 2001 Calypso Monarch title was won with the songs "Heroes" and "Nah leavin."[citation needed]