Singing Sandra is a calypsonian who hails from Trinidad & Tobago who won the Calypso Monarch title at the 1999 carnival. Born Sandra DesVignes-Millington in 1957 in East Dry River, and raised in Morvant, Sandra sang and acted as a child, including performances in 'Best Village' productions.
She was approached in 1984 by calypsonian Dr. Zhivago to perform two of his songs, and the following year was recruited to Mighty Sparrow's Youth Brigade tent at the carnival. She won the National Calypso Queen title in 1987. She went on to win the Carifesta Monarch and Calypso Queen of the World titles in 1992.
She performed at Jamaica’s Reggae Sunsplash festival in 1992, and subsequently formed the group United Sisters along with Lady B, Tigress, and Marvellous Marva. Sandra continued to perform as a solo artist and won the 'Best Nation Building Song' award at the 1997 carnival for the song "One Destiny One Heart".
She became only the second woman to win Trinidad's Calypso Monarch title, winning in 1999 with the songs "Song for Healing" and "Voices from the Ghetto". She finished in third place in 2000 and fifth in 2001. In 2003 she won the title for a second time, with "For Whom the Bell Tolls" and "Ancient Rhythm", becoming the first female calypsonian to win the title twice. She placed third in 2005 and second in 2006.
Singing Sandra sang one of my favorite songs of all times – “Die with my dignity” – which tell the story of young women who are solicited by male employers to perform sexual favors in order to get ahead in life. This is so characteristic of what females had to do in certain industries (entertainment being one of them) back in the day and even now. She tells them “To keep dem money, I go keep my money and die with my dignity”.
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