Black Stalin

By J Poet

 

Stalin, five-time winner of the Calypso Monarch crown, took home the King of Kings Crown in 1999 for his songs “Black Man Feeling to Party,” and the political favorite “Wine, Dhanraj, Wine.” Born Leroy Calliste in Trinidad in 1941, Stalin is one of calypso's most militant lyricists, a practicing Rastaman and social revolutionary. His lyrics detail the sufferings of the poor and excoriate the rich and powerful. Stalin grew up in poverty, but there was always music in his home. He lived near a pan yard (a social club where a steel band rehearses) and was... Read More

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