As Jamaicans and Dancehall, Reggae lovers around the world, OnstageTV publishes a special on the artiste.
One persons questioned “o many will want honor him now like how he’s physically gone. what happened while the ICON was alive!?” while another said “Big respect to U-Roy the Originator, the Godfather of Dancehall in Jamaica and Rapping in the U.S.”.
U Roy, whose given name was Ewart Beckford was born in Kingston, he is credited with making the art of toasting popular, on reggae rhythms in the early days of dancehall when the sound system ruled.
During the heyday of Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd’s Studio One sound system and record label U Roy burst onto the scene. At a period when reggae music and it’s offspring dancehall that is now famous was frowned upon by the society, they were seen as the music of the uncultured and uneducated.
Watch the onstageTV special below.