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Album Review

Black Stalin has been among Trinidad's most popular soca and calypso musicians since 1979, when he won his first National Calypso Monarch crown. He has satisfied audience demands for joyous party material while also producing some incendiary, uncompromising protest material. Rounder collected 11 Stalin gems on this anthology. Such numbers as "Caribbean Unity," "Black Man Music," and "Burn Dem" have a pronounced Afro-Latin bent, showing soca's ties with Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms. Material done in the late '80s has a faster pace, and Stalin includes synthesized backbeats and contemporary arrangements.

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Starlin the best

Since I bought this album. I can't stop listening to it. I find it comforting relaxing knowing how positive one man can think write and render so much truth and wisdom in music. I wish when I was younger I had listen and understood what his message was. I would of been a better man today But it's never to late I'm 52 now. I'll be ok. Mr Byam. From John John.

Biography

Genre: World

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

With his politically aware lyrics set to a high-tech blend of electric drums, congas, horns, guitar and bass, Black Stalin (born: Leroy Calliste) has been hailed as "one of the kings of soca. A five-time winner of Trinidad's National Calypso Monarch competition (1979, 1985, 1987, 1991, and 1995), Stalin sings of the struggles of South Africa, the quest for world peace, his secrets for staying alive ("stay strong, high and dread") and the craft of pan drum making. CMJ...
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