The yr 2020 dished out extra than its honest share of losses, but the good thing is, no total of tears can wash away the enduring legacy of those people in audio, movie, theatre and dance, who answered the larger calling.
In the words of baseball fantastic, babe Ruth, “Heroes get remembered, but legends by no means die.”
These days, we salute the legends.
The Nationwide Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) pressed the pause button for a second when the veteran dancer, choreographer and inventive director’s passing was announced in January right after a struggle with colon most cancers.
Frederick ‘Tippa’ Moncrieffe
‘Tippa’, a popular dancehall choreographer died of most cancers in February. He was 52.
Pre-COVID-19, reggae singer Derrick Lara, of reggae group The Tamlins, passed away in Miami, Florida. The singer and drummer had been battling lung most cancers for fewer than a yr. He was sixty one.
A sound engineer and a member of the historic 1988 Jamaican bobsled Winter season Olympic Game titles crew, Clayton died from the coronavirus in March.
A member of Sean Paul’s Dutty Cup Crew, deejay Mr Hen experienced a stroke and passed away in April. He was 47.
Albert ‘Apple Gabriel’ Craig
An initial member of roots reggae trio Israel Vibration, Apple passed away in March in the United States.
The singer who had a stint with The Clarendonians created his transition on March 31 in the US. He was 75.
A person 50 % of the duo Alton (Ellis) and Eddie, who, in 1960, recorded what would turn out to be a monster strike, Muriel, passed away in New York in April.
Golding, who resided in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, died in April of pure causes. His S wing Journal coated the Jamaican amusement scene for in excess of 10 several years.
Veteran reggae vocalist and prolific songwriter Keith ‘Bob Andy’ Anderson answered a larger calling in March right after a struggle with most cancers. He remaining an enduring musical legacy both equally as a solo artiste and as portion of the duo Bob and Marcia (Griffiths).
The singer created headlines throughout the planet when Island Information founder Chris Blackwell announced her demise from a stroke in May possibly. Compact is credited with introducing the planet to ska with her smash strike My Boy Lollipop.
In July, the Loving Pauper who gave Jamaica That Superb Sound, passed away, reportedly, from issues triggered by COVID-19.
The pioneering radio broadcaster, a champion of West Indian radio in New York recognized as the ‘Godfather of Reggae Radio’, succumbed to COVID-19.
A giant of British reggae, Washington was also slice down by COVID-19. A person of the first reggae artistes signed to big report corporations these types of as CBS, Island, and Virgin, he was remembered for his organisation, the Federation of Reggae New music, as a result of which he “fought tirelessly to symbolize a technology of Caribbean musicians who gave their finest several years to the British isles audio scene”.
There was an outpouring of love in the New York location in April when the Electrical power of Reggae founder passed away from cardiac arrest thanks to issues from COVID-19.
The Grammy Award-successful producer, who earned the title of one particular of the founding fathers of the world-wide dancehall motion, succumbed to kidney-related sicknesses in May possibly.
In July, Jawara ‘Tosh 1’ McIntosh, the youngest son of reggae legend Peter Tosh, created his transition. In 2017, he was remaining comatose right after currently being crushed in a New Jersey jail by an additional inmate though serving a sentence for ganja-related rates.
Dancing legend Labba Labba passed away at the age of 75 at his home in Trench Town, Kingston, also in July.
Actor Clive Duncan, popular for his purpose as ‘Mr Upton’ in Lime Tree Lane, died in July pursuing a struggle with most cancers.
The veteran deejay who observed fame in the nineteen eighties died in August at the Kingston Public Healthcare facility. He was fifty eight. A person of the well known trio of albino deejays, he was affiliated with Junjo Lawes’ Volcano Information camp.
Singer Pad Anthony a popular figure of the 80s Reggae Dancehall motion, died in Kingston on August 28. Anthony, who had been battling overall health difficulties, was fifty seven.
In September, grasp percussionist and songwriter Denver ‘Feluke’ Smith dropped his struggle with most cancers though in Mexico for an additional round of therapies.
On Friday, September 11, thirty-3 several years right after the demise of the legendary Wailer Peter Tosh, Frederick Nathaniel ‘Toots’ Hibbert created his transition. Toots, a national treasure of intercontinental acclaim, was seventy seven several years aged.
Audio engineer Barry O’Hare passed away, aged fifty six, in September. O’Hare reportedly tested optimistic for COVID-19 and was currently being handled at medical center in advance of he died.
Richard ‘Richie Mac’ McDonald, a former lead vocalist of The Picked out Couple of, died at the Kingston Public Healthcare facility in October. He was 68.
Edward Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee
Famous reggae producer Edward Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee Sr died in October in medical center in Jamaica. He was seventy nine
Musician Courtney Robb, a former member of Byron Lee and The Dragonaires, passed away in November in Florida.
Veteran sound technique selector, Courtney ‘Likkle Wicked’ Boyd died in November right after struggling a huge stroke. Likkle Wicked was affiliated with popular sound 4 By 4 Exodus in the ‘90s.
Veteran guitarist Dalton Browne, one particular of the musical Browne brothers, had a huge coronary heart attack in November. He died at the University Healthcare facility times right after undergoing a quadruple bypass surgical procedures.
Frontman of the veteran reggae band The Gladiators, ‘Youth’ as was affectionately known as, died in December. He was 74 several years aged.
Jamaica-born Denise Jones, founder of the JAMBANA A person Earth Competition in Toronto, died on December 3 at her home in Brampton. She was 64.
In July, veteran singer and songwriter Ernie Smith dropped his beloved spouse, Janet, and reggae artistes Shenseea, Capleton, and Beenie Male mourned the loss of their moms.