Continuing a legacy, Stalin’s grandson embraces pan, calypso

TT – Kevan Calliste is preserving and continuing the cultural legacy of the iconic calypsonian Leroy “Black Stalin” Calliste.

While the world knows him as one of TT’s great cultural ambassador, to Kevan, the son of Stalin’s daughter Abiola, he is simply granddad.

Since the legendary Stalin suffered a stroke in 2014 he has been off the performing stage.

Young Calliste, however, has been preserving and continuing his granddad’s legacy both in the calypso and extempore arenas.

While extempore is his passion, and his ability is matched by the many trophies he has won over the years, Calliste has also delved in calypso and won many junior titles. He was the Junior Calypso Monarch in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

He also entered and won the calypso category in the San Fest competition for many years and was named Mr San Fest in the Mr/Miss San Fest competition in 2017.

For 2020, Calliste has broadened his horizon auditioning for the calypso tents and succeeding in finding a place amongst the cast of Kaiso Showkase.

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