Today I have received the sad news of the passing of legendary and internationally acclaimed Calypsonian Dr. Leroy Calliste – the Black Stalin – has thrown not only the local entertainment fraternity into mourning, but has also touched the wider international community.
Local media today reported that Black Stalin passed away peacefully at his home in San Fernando this morning at the age of 81. His career in entertainment spanned for six decades, with his debut entry into a Calypso tent (The Southern Brigade) in 1962 and would be immortalized thereafter for hits such as “The Caribbean Man”, “Feeling to Party”, “We Can Make It” and “Better Days” amongst many others.
In 1987, Stalin was awarded the Hummingbird Medal (Silver) for his contribution to Trinidad & Tobago culture and in 2008 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of the West Indies for same.
I join with the national and international community in paying tribute to Dr. Leroy Calliste and wish to express my heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones on his passing. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
For a full biography on the Black Stalin, please click the following link on TUCO’s Facebook page: