In 1964, when the Jamaica Tourist Board and record label operator and producer Edward Seaga organized for band chief, Byron Lee, to get a ska team to the New York World’s Honest to showcase Jamaica and its audio, band manager Ronnie Nasralla was incredibly considerably a section of this historic delegation. A amazing dancer, Nasralla is even credited with supporting to train the entire world how to ska. At the fair, Byron Lee and the Dragonaires labored their individual set and was also backing Prince Buster, Eric Morris, and Peter Tosh. Studies from that era say they were all a feeling at the fair.
Nasralla, the supreme showman, completed athlete and advertiser, passed absent peacefully on Wednesday at his property in Atlanta, Ga. He is remembered as the “paint on the wall”.
“Ronnie provides the wall its color,” keyboardist and audio director for Byron Lee and the Dragonaires, Neville Hinds, told The Gleaner. “He was with the band from the early times and he and Byron were a pressure. Ronnie was managing Toots and the Maytals, the Blues Buster, as well as Byron Lee and the Dragoniares. He had a record label in the 60s, BMN, which did a whole lot of early get the job done with Toots and the Maytals. Never You Change, the big festival tune Bam Bam and Daddy were all unveiled on Ronnie’s label,” Hinds recalled.
The musician reported there were “so lots of stories” about Nasralla, the Jamaican of Lebanese descent (his father was Lebanese and his mother Jamaican) who managed and promoted Byron Lee and the Dragonaires for 35 years. Nasralla was liable for supporting to get the band’s name across the world, and even managed to get them a place in the initially at any time James Bond flick, Dr No (1962) which was filmed in Jamaica. Byron Lee and the Dragonaires appeared in the movie and done most of the audio on the later on soundtrack album. Nasralla himself is also in the film and is viewed dancing in the Port Royal bar scene. Hinds also pointed out Nasralla’s function in the yearly charity function, Nuggets for the Needy. “Byron Lee and the Dragonaires was an integral section of that for years,” he reported.
Singer, Tony Gregory, paid out tribute to Nasralla who he termed a gentle large. “Ronnie was instrumental in me joining Byron Lee and the Dragonaires in 1960. He was the band manager and Byron’s affiliate in lots of regions. They were a section of that St George’s College or university alumni. And, one particular detail about Ronnie, he was an remarkable dancer,” Gregory, who reported he last noticed him in 2010, told The Gleaner.
Writer and audio market guru, Dave Rodney, realized Nasralla pretty well. “I actually heard about Ronnie prior to I achieved him, from his packaging of ‘Bubbling Brown Sugar’ exhibits at 50 percent-Way Tree’s popular Glass Bucket Club with Kingston’s wonderful jet set with Evelyn Andrade and Judy Willoughby. We crossed paths lots of years later on although he was an promotion govt and his enthusiasm for all the things he touched was unrelenting. His kindness as well was famous. He was multi-proficient actor in LTM pantomimes, dancer, founding member of Byron Lee and the Dragonaires and pioneer of the initially vogue design contest. Jamaica, and specially amusement, owes him a personal debt of gratitude,” Rodney told The Gleaner.