Black Stalin, a legendary figure in calypso, passed away at the age of 81.
How Did Black Stalin Die?
Dr. Leroy Calliste aka Black Stalin, a five-time Calypso Monarch, passed away on Wednesday morning at his home in San Fernando.
On Republic Day, Stalin, who had been ill for some years, turned 81. The Black Stalin, alias Leroy Calliste, passed away at his San Fernando residence, this morning. His wife Patsy confirmed his death.
Rest in Peace Icon. Dr Leroy Calliste The Black Stalin. Condolences to his family and loved ones. May your art continue one to exist for generations to come and your desire to uplift. pic.twitter.com/SW8ZJ3M5kd
— Bunji Garlin (@BUNJIGARLIN) December 28, 2022
Black Stalin Cause of Death
Stalin's wife, Pastry reported that he died peacefully at home at around 9:45 am on Wednesday, surrounded by his loved ones.
Pastry claimed that he spent three weeks at the San Fernando General Hospital receiving good care from the staff.
Leroy Calliste, well known by his stage name Black Stalin sadly passed away on 28 December 2022. In 2014, he had a little stroke after performing a charity show in south Trinidad.
Eight years ago, Stalin had a stroke, which left him ill ever since. Patsy thanked his children and grandchildren for stepping up to help her care for dad during that difficult period.
When asked to share anything about her husband with the country, she responded, “I know he gave them a lot of joy, a lot of love, a lot of rhythms, and a lot of lyrics. I know he has a lot of people out there who love him very much.”
Stalin, who went by the moniker “the black man,” was a five-time calypso monarch and was well-known for his scathing and witty social and political criticism on songs like “Sufferers,” “Ism Schism,” “Bun Dem,” and “We Could Make it if We Try.”
Who was Black Stalin?
Leroy Calliste, well known by his stage name Black Stalin was born on 24 September 1941 in San Fernando. He was a prominent calypsonian from Trinidad and Tobago who was renowned for his lyrics against European colonial oppression.
Black Stalin won the National Calypso Monarch title in 1979 with Caribbean Man and Play One. He'd reclaim the title in 1985, 1987, 1991, and 1995.
Five times he won the Calypso Monarch competition, and in 1999 he was crowned Calypso King of the World. In recognition of his performance of “Black Man Feeling to Party,” “Wine, Boy” (also known as “Wine, Dhanraj, Wine”), Stalin was named Calypso King of Kings in 1999.
With “Ism Schism” and “Wait Dorothy,” he once more captured the crown in 1985. Aside from all of the accolades, titles, and awards he has received in connection with calypso, Calliste also received the Hummingbird Medal (Silver) at the 1987 National Awards ceremony.
The University of the West Indies also awarded him an honorary Doctor of Letters (DLitt) in 2008. He was a limbo dancer before beginning to sing calypso in 1959 at the Good Shepherd Hall in St. Madeleine, but he did not join a calypso tent until 1962 when he joined the Southern Brigade.
In the middle of the 1960s, fellow calypsonian Blakie gave him the moniker “Black Stalin.” Stalin joined the Calypso Revue tent in Kitchener in 1967 and won the Calypso Monarch competition that year.
Stalin was survived by his five children and wife.