Port of Spain, Trinidad: Wednesday, December 28, 2022: The National Carnival Commission of Trinidad and Tobago (NCC) joins with the nation in remembering the life of Dr. Leroy Calliste, better known by his sobriquet, The Black Stalin, who died on December 28, 2022 at the age of 81.
A multiple Calypso Monarch winner and pioneer of the genre, Dr. Calliste has been instrumental in shaping the calypso soundscape with hits such as “Caribbean Man”, “Play One”, “Mr. Panmaker”, “Tribute to Sundar Popo”, and “Bun Dem”.
Perhaps Dr. Calliste’s most well-known hit is the classic, “Black Man Feelin’ to Party”; a popular song that graces almost Carnival fete in Trinidad and Tobago.
In 1987, Dr. Calliste was awarded the Hummingbird Medal (Silver) for his contribution to Trinidad and Tobago culture. In 2008, he was conferred with an honorary doctorate from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, for his remarkable dedication and contribution to the field.
In celebrating the life of Dr. Leroy Calliste, The Black Stalin, we remember a story well told and the loss of another cultural icon.
We are forever grateful to have had The Black Stalin at our side and we join with the nation in remembering his legacy. We extendour sincerest condolences to his friends and family during this most difficult time. He will truly be missed.
Rest in peace, Black Stalin.