Ebene News – GB – Pioneer Jamaican artist U-Roy has passed away

Tributes to the veteran toaster pour in from Ghostpoet, Shaggy and David Rodigan

The artist, MC and toaster veteran died last night (February 17) at West Indian University Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica, after surgery earlier this week, reports The Gleaner

U-Roy, born Ewart Beckford in Jones Town, Jamaica in 1942 and also known as Daddy U-Roy or The Originator, was recognized as a pioneer of toasted vocal style in reggae and dancehall, and was a key figure in the popular development of Jamaican music in the 1970s

After being seen toasting by the late John Holt while performing at a sound system party in 1970, U-Roy recorded the singles ‘Wake The Town’, ‘Rule The Nation’ and ‘Wear You To The Ball’ – all of which have seen great commercial success in Jamaica and beyond while popularizing the toasting style

Some of U-Roy’s most beloved albums are “Dread In A Babylon”, “Natty Rebel” (1976), “Rasta Ambassador” (1977) and “Jah Son of Africa” ​​(1978)

He launched his own sound system, Stur Gav, in 1978, which in turn helped launch the musical careers of Josey Wales, Charlie Chaplin and Ranking Joe

U-Roy received the Jamaican Government Order of Distinction in 2007 for his contribution to music His latest album, “Talking Roots”, was released in 2018

Tributes to U-Roy have been pouring in on social media since his passing was confirmed last night, with figures including Ghostpoet, Shaggy, Rob Da Bank and DJ David Rodigan all sharing a few words on the legacy of U-Roy

Wow The king is gone Rest in peace Father U Roy the godfather There would be no MC without the influence of this man 💔 photoTwittercom / eENvZ0ulKx

We are very sad to announce that the pioneer DJ who revolutionized the sound of Jamaican music in the early 1970s – Ewat Beckford aka U Roy passed away at the age of 78 yesterday in Jamaica

RIP Daddy U Roy, the iconic toaster who changed the paradigm of Jamaican music by voicing the album “Version Galore”… I have always been in awe of him; the tone of voice, cadence, lyrical sparkle and riddim riding made him “the adventurer of the soul” 🎙 picTwittercom / t9n4SNkEzr

A true inspiration that crosses the path of many generations and creates a sound that will live on forever!

What can I say? A very sad moment of transition for the man who inspired Ariwa Without him there would be no Ariwa From my 15 years, I heard Version Galore, I wanted to work with U-Roy And I finally got the chance in 1991 when we met in LA imageTwittercom / ae2JVwlrU0

We have lost a pioneer icon of Jamaican music culture, Ewart Beckford known as Daddy U Roy, the father god of Dancehall His legendary “toast” on sound systems is the precursor of Deejays rappers & d ‘ today

A new U-Roy album, “Gold: The Man Who Invented Rap”, is due out this summer The disc, which was recorded in 2019, features characters like Mick Jones, Santigold, Shaggy, Ziggy Marley, Zak Starkey and many others

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Ebene News – GB – Pioneer Jamaican artist U-Roy has passed away

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