FALLEN SOLDIERS OF DANCEHALL
Written by one876news
The man credited with starting dancehall, Henry ‘Jungo’ Lawes and Gerald ‘Bogle’ Levy, the man who started the concept of creating dances in dancehall were killed violently. Is this the legacy of dancehall? Here’s a who who have ‘bitten the dust’ — more often than not violently, in the world of reggae dancehall.
Bionic Steve Killed
Marcus ‘Bionic Steve’ Townsend, an entertainer made popular by his feisty song Fly the Gate, which was turned into a political anthem. Bionic Steve was shot and killed on January 17, 1997. His mangled body was found in a gully on Spanish Town Road.
Black Rat (David Bingham) Killed
Humourous deejay Black Rat was shot and killed on July 20, 2002 at his home on Dunbarton Avenue in Kingston 10. His assailants also made off with jewelry valued at $15,000.
Carlton (Carly) Barrett b. 1950
On Good Friday of 1987, news about Carlton Barrett?fs death made the rounds. The original drummer of the Wailers was allegedly ambushed at his gate by his ex-wifes boyfriend. His death sparked many glowing tributes and he was hailed as one of the greatest drummers to emerge from the island of Jamaica. He reputedly originated the One Drop rhythm and has songwriting credits on two songs from Bob Marley and The Wailers Natty Dread album – Talkin Blues and Them Belly Full.
Gunned down in Kingston Early 1980?fs
Dirtsman(Patrick Thompson) b. 1967 Spanish town Robbed & Murdered December 21st 1993 Spanish town JA Patrick ?eDirtsman?f Thompson, Papa San?fs older brother, was shot dead at his home in Dela Vega City, Spanish Town, St. Catherine.
D.J. Village (Horace Pinnock) b.1977 JA
Shot dead in London after a Robbery November 20th 2001
Early (Earlando Neil) B ‘The Doctor’ Shot Accidentally at the Windsor Cricket Club, Dorchester MA. September 11th 1994
Errol Thompson(J.B.C. DJ) 1952 Kingston
Killed In Kingston 1983
Free I (Jeff Dixon) b.1946 Manchester JA.
September 11, 1987 was a sad day in Jamaica, as the country reeled
from the news that one of the original Wailers, Peter Tosh, along with his disc jockey and recording artiste friend, Free I, and ?eDoc?f
Wilson had been killed at the singer?fs Barbican, St. Andrew, home
Garnett Silk (Smith) a.k.a. ?gBimbo?h- b.1970 Manchester JA
Garnett Silk also lost his life on December 10, 1994. Silk died with
his mother at their Manchester home when an explosion resulted in
their house being razed. Some reports say that the explosion was
caused when a bullet punctured the cylinder outside the singer?fs
General (Errol Robinson) Echo General Echo, also known as ?eRanking Slackness?f was shot and killed in an alleged shoot-out with the police on Constant Spring Road on November 22, 1980. Flux and Big John, two members of his sound system,Echo Tone Hi Fi, also died in the incident. Part of Echo?fs legacy is his hit song Arlene.
Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes b. 1953
Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes, credited with discovering talent such as
Barrington Levy on his Volcano sound system and record label, was shot to death in Harlesdon, North London England on June 13, 1999.
Hugh Mundell a.k.a. Jah Levi b. 1962 Kingston JA
Killed In Kingston following a Robbery at his home 1983
Junior Braithwaite b. 1949
Junior Braithwaite, an original member of the Wailers also fell victim to the gun. He was shot to death in Duhaney Park on June 2, 1999. He was the lead singer on the Wailers?f song It Hurts To Be Alone.
King (Osbourne Ruddock) Tubby b. 1941 Kingston
Gunned down following a robbery outside his home in Tower Hill,
Kingston February 6th 1989
Major (Wayne Jones) Worries
Major Worries was shot and killed by a security guard in Spanish Town in August of 1987. He was a deejay on the King Jammy?fs sound system, along with eventual superstar Shabba Ranks.
Poet Michael ?eMikey?f Smith was stoned to death on August 17, 1983, in Stony Hill, St. Andrew, as he passed a political meeting. Smith was known for his scathing commentaries about the harsh realities of Jamaican life, as described in his often-recited poem Mi Cyaan Believe It
Gunned Down In Kingston July 6th 1999
Nitty (Glen Holness) Gritty b.1957
On 24 June 1991 at 3:30pm while at Brooklyn, New York?fs Superpower Records, Nitty Gritty and dj Supercat reportedly entered into an argument over money and a Jr Cat stage show. Details are unknown, but it was reported that both men fired handguns at one another and Supercat allegedly shot Nitty Gritty four times. Nitty Gritty died on the spot. To our knowledge Supercat was never jailed and he was found innocent on the grounds of self-defense.
Panhead (Anthony Johnson) b.1966 St. Mary. Robbed & Killed outside his House In Spanishtown Jamaica October 1993 In 1993 deejay Anthony ‘Panhead’ Johnson, who was known for hits such as African Princess, was shot dead at his home on Davidson
Paul Tyrell (Shocking Vibes)
Killed March 2004 Kingston Jamaica
Peter Tosh (Winston H. McIntosh) b. 1944 Westmoreland
Murdered at his Home September 11th 1987
Philip Linton (Owner & Producer [at] Arrows Studio)
Shot & Killed March 4th 2004 Outside his Studio
Prince Far I, a deejay, was shot dead on September 15, 1983. He was
described by his biographer as “a man to grace any style with wisdom, a chanter to quake the walls of the city, a preacher to strike fear in the weakheart, humble in the garden and proud in the city’. He became popular in the 1970s with Heavy Manners and Deck of Cards.
Tenor Saw(Clive Bright) b. 1966 Kingston Found Dead on the Roadside, Texas (said to be a case of hit & run driving) August 1998
Tenor Saw, best-known for his 1985 hit ‘Ring the Alarm’ a song based on the then-ubiquitous ‘Stalag 17′ rhythm, was killed abroad
in August 1988. He is also known for the classic, ?eGolden Hen?f and was the one who sang prophetically that ?ewhen the roll is called up yonder he and Nitty Gritty would be there?f. The album Wake the Town was released posthumously in 1992.
Theophilus Beckford (Easy Snappin) b. 1935 Kingston
Brutally Murdered with Machete Kingston Jamaica February 2001
Shot & Killed In New York January 2004
Valerie Cowan (Tommy Cowan?fs 1st Wife)
Murdered in Kingston during a Robbery 1992
Guns out in the DANCEHALL
SHOOTING incidents involving three dancehall figures — Oneil Edwards, Ewart ‘Mad Cobra’ Brown and producer Everton ‘Rado’ Minott — in the same week have led to a rude awakening amongst artistes that gun violence is a reality. Those who didn’t already know can now quote statistics that say over 500 persons have been murdered since the start of the year.
Last week, vigils were kept as entertainers united to send up prayers for the recovery of Voicemail member, Oneil Edwards, who was shot several times on Monday morning.
“Every artiste realise that it (getting shot) could happen to them. Oneil is not a bad person, he doesn’t do gun lyrics, he isn’t involved and it happened to him,” stated Mr Vegas, the convener of the vigils.
As Stone Love CEO Winston ‘Wee Pow’ Powell, stated: “Gunmen don’t usually turn them gun on entertainers because artiste is them idol. But gunmen don’t regard anybody. There is nothing left … no morals… it’s outrageous. Tings get wicked yah now,” the producer/selector declared, even as he acknowledged that violent lyrics and embracing of the gun culture has played a defining role in the events that have unfolded.
“This glorifying of the gun help to spread the virus… and it riccochet. But we still have to keep giving our best,” Powell said.
Entertainers are now concerned about their safety in light of these attacks, but troublesome as it may be it is not something new to the industry.
The Sunday Observer has compiled a list of shooting incidents which have seen the deaths of members from the fraternity.
* Carl Johnson aka Sir JJ was shot in a record store in Kingston in 1971.
* Errol Robinson, aka General Echo, was shot and killed in Kingston on November 22, 1980 along with two members of his EchoTone HiFi Sound System Flux and Big John. General Echo is best known for his very popular single Arleen.
* Charlie Ace was gunned down in Kingston in the early 1980′s
* Errol Archer, aka Errol Scorcher, best known for the hit song Roach Inna Di Corner, was murdered in Kingston in 1982.
* Errol Thompson, JBC’s popular disc jock, was killed in 1983.
* Prince Far I was murdered in Jamaica on September 15,1983.
* Hugh Mundell was shot to death in Kingston while driving with Junior Reid in 1983. A teenage prodigy, he recorded Africa Must Be Free at the age of 16. The album received five stars from Rolling Stone magazine.
* Major Worries was shot and killed in Spanish Town in August 1987 by a security guard.
* Peter Tosh and Jeff Dixon (Free I) were shot and killed on September 11, 1987, inside Tosh’s home in Kingston.
* Carlton Barrett (Carly), brother of Aston “Family Man” Barrett and an drummer and percussion player, met his demise when he was shot by his ex-wife’s boyfriend in Jamaica 1987.
* Osbourne Ruddock aka King Tubby was shot and killed on February 6, 1989 by an unknown group of people outside his home in Duhaney Park, upon returning from a session at his Waterhouse studio.
* Anthony Johnson aka Panhead was shot dead as he left a dance in Spanish Town in October 1993. He recorded songs such as Respect Gunman and Gunman Tune.
* Patrick Thompson aka (Dirtsman) — Papa San’s brother was robbed and killed on December 21, 1993 in Spanish Town. He is best known for the single Hot Dis Year.
* Mikey Wallace, who was a member of Third World band, was shot and killed near his home in Kingston in 1999.
* Reggae singer, deejay and producer Pat Francis (Jah Lloyd) was shot and killed in Kingston on June 2, 1999.
* Junior Braithwaite, an original Wailer, was gunned down on Wednesday, June 12, 1999 in Kingston home by three armed men. He was 47.
* David Bingham aka Black Rat survived an attempt on his life prior to his death. On July 20, 2002, he went down in a hail of bullets (about 20) from gunmen who invaded his Dumbarton Avenue home in St Andrew.
* Shocking Vibes engineer Paul Tyrell was shot at the intersection of Springvale Avenue and Constant Spring Road in Kingston on February 24, 2004.
* Arrows Recording CEO Phillip Linton was shot dead at his recording studio on March 4, 2004. He was 51 years old.
* Gerald Levy aka Bogle was shot at a gas station in Kingston on January 20, 2005.
* Clive Jarrett, producer, murdered in his home in Vineyard Town on January 31, 2008. Co-owner of the Dynamite label, he enjoyed great success in the early 80′s with LP’s by Carlton Livingston (Rumours) Lone Ranger (Hi Yo Silver Away) and Welton Irie (Army Life).
* David ‘Ice’ Smith, was gunned down along Newark Avenue, Kingston 11 on December 26, 2008.
The killing of Jamaican entertainers are not only restricted to the island’s shore.
Glen Augustus Holness aka Nitty Gritty was gunned down in 1991 at a record store in Brooklyn New York. Some of Nitty Gritty’s popular songs are She’s A Delilah and Hot In A Minty.
* Earlando Neil aka Early B was accidentally shot at the Windsor Cricket Club, Dorchester, Massachusetts on September 11, 1994. He is most known for the popular single Wheely Wheely.
* At the peak of his career Clive Bright aka Tenor Saw was found dead at a roadside in Texas in August 1988. Tenor Saw recorded hits such as Ring The Alarm, Pumpkin Belly and No Work On Sunday.
— Yasmine Peru and Cecelia Campbell-Livingston
source: one876entertainment.com, jamaicaobserver.com