Tuesday 12 November, 2019

Birthday Big Up: Black Stalin

Calypsonian Dr Leroy Calliste, known also as Black Stalin, turns 75 today on Republic Day.

Stalin, best known for his abundance of iconic calypso songs including Black Man Feeling to Party and Wait Dorothy was born on September 24, 1941.

In honour of the calypsonian’s birthday we’re sharing five things you may not have known about the formidable Black Stalin.

 

  1. Before he became a calypsonian, he was employed as a tally clerk at the Point-a-Pierre waterfront, then as a limbo dancer.
  2. He has won the Calypso Monarch title five times – 1979, 1985, 1987, 1991, 1995.
  3. He got his nickname Black Stalin from fellow calypsonian Blakie in the mid-1960s.
  4. In 1987 he was awarded the Hummingbird Medal (Silver) for his contribution to Trinidad & Tobago culture.
  5. Black Stalin received a honourary doctorate from the University of the West Indies in 2008 for his dedication to calypso music and culture in T&T, making him Dr Leroy Calliste.

  Happy birthday to Stalin!

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