Reggae, Dancehall Innovator, U-Roy, Dies At 78

Legendary Jamaican reggae singer, vocalist and dance hall innovator, U-Roy, has passed away.

He was pronounced dead on Wednesday, February 17 at the age of 78.

Popularly known as the Originator, Ewart Beckford, Hugh Roy, the Jamaican popularized the vocal technique of toasting

He was known for performing conversational, rhythmic speech over a reggae or dancehall beat.

His longtime collaborator, Neil Fraser, aka Ariwa Sounds studio’s Mad Professor, confirmed the news of his death.

Throughout his career, U-Roy released some 20 records and contributed to Toots and Maytals’ Grammy-winning album True Love.

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