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Archived: Artistes, DJ's- The Region Prays For Calysponian, The Black Stalin



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Like an instant refrain, the name Black Stalin almost immediately gets Caribbean people singing the hit single, ‘Tonight de Black Man Feeling to Party.’ News of the iconic entertainer’s hospitalization as a result of a mild stroke suffered on Sunday night was however met with prayers and well wishes from every corner of the Caribbean- Barbados Nation News, among the agencies reporting the news to their audience on Monday afternoon.

The Black Stalin has suffered a mild stroke.  Photo Credit:

The Black Stalin has suffered a mild stroke.
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Stalin, real name Leroy Calliste, reportedly complained of pains upon arriving at his home, following a performance in Couva on Sunday night. He was taken to hospital via ambulance and following tests, it was revealed that he’d suffered a mild stroke.

Today, fellow Calypsonian, David Rudder took to Facebook to inform fans of the development. “Please send good vibes to The Black Stalin who suffered a mild stroke last evening.
This one has shaken me. Leroy,come wid it breds (health,strength. ) We with you all the way,” he posted.

Meanwhile, soca headliner, Bunji Garlin referred to Calliste as one of the pillars of Trinidad and Tobago, calling on fans via Twitter, to say a word of prayer for the calypso heavyweight for a speedy and full recovery. DJs from radio stations across the FM band in T&T have also been using their celebrity and the following that it inspires to rally for prayers for the Black Stalin’s full recovery.

At the age of 72, with his 73rd birthday set to be celebrated on Wednesday, T&T’s ‘black man’ as he is fondly called, has won five Calypso Monarch titles in his expanse career. For his contribution to Calypso music and culture in T&T, the iconic artiste was  even conferred with an honorary doctorate from the University of the West Indies in October, 2008, making him Dr. Leroy Calliste.

Our ETCETERABUZZ family prays with the rest of the region for our ‘black man’s’ full and swift recovery.


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