Tributes to the seasoned toaster have been received from the likes of Ghostpoet, Shaggy and David Rodigan

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

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

After U-Roy was seen DJing at a sound system party by the late John Holt toasting, he recorded the singles “Wake The Town”, “Rule The Nation” and “Wear You To The Ball” on the in Jamaica and beyond had great commercial success while popularizing the style of toast

U-Roy’s most popular albums in 1975 included “Dread In A Babylon”, “Natty Rebel” (1976), “Rasta Ambassador” (1977) and “Jah Son of Africa” ​​(1978)

In 1978 he launched his own sound system, Stur Gav, which in turn helped kickstart the music careers of Josey Wales, Charlie Chaplin and Ranking Joe

U-Roy was awarded the Order of Distinction by the Jamaican government in 2007 for his contribution to music. His last album “Talking Roots” was released in 2018

Tributes to U-Roy have surfaced on social media since his death was confirmed last night Ghostpoet, Shaggy, Rob Da Bank and DJ David Rodigan have shared a few words on U-Roy’s legacy

Wow the king is gone rest in peace Father U Roy, the godfather Without the influence of this man there would be no MCs 💔 BildTwittercom / eENvZ0ulKx

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

RIP Daddy U Roy, the legendary toaster who changed the paradigm of Jamaican music when he voiced the album “Version Galore” I was always in awe of him; The tone of voice, the cadence, the lyrically shimmering riddim riding made him a “soul adventurer” Twittercom / t9n4SNkEzr

A true inspiration for many generations and for a sound that will live forever!

What can I say? A very sad moment of transition for the man who inspired Ariwa Without him there would be no Ariwa. When I was 15 and listening to Version Galore, I wanted to work with U-Roy And in 1991 I finally had the chance when we met in LA met BildTwittercom / ae2JVwlrU0

We have lost a seminal icon of Jamaican musical culture, Ewart Beckford, known as Daddy U Roy, the godfather of Dancehall His legendary “toasting” on sound systems is the forerunner of today’s Deejays & rappers

A new U-Roy album, “Gold: The Man Who Invented Rap”, is slated for release in the summer. The record, which was recorded in 2019, includes Mick Jones, Santigold, Shaggy, Ziggy Marley, Zak Starkey, among others and many others from The Clash

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