Jerry Calliste Jr. (born Gerald C. Calliste Jr., November 26, 1965, Bronx, New York) is an American entrepreneur, music industry executive producer, songwriter, record producer, music publisher and former DJ who is best known for the internationally renowned, seminal 1983 hip hop, electro-funk and dance music classic recording "Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)."
In 1983, Calliste Jr. recorded under the name Hashim. Calliste Jr., 16, used a $50.00 Casio keyboard (combo calculator) to teach himself how to play keyboards by ear. Then one year later he went on to write and produce, Al-Naafiysh (The Soul) "one of the greatest Electro tracks ever…," that during the early 80's "made it to #43 in the Billboards Dance Disco Charts" and to this day "parts of Al-Naafiysh (The Soul) have been sampled over and over again."
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