Jamaican renowned DJ Daddy U-Roy passed away at Kingston Hospital on February 17, 2021. He was 78 years old. Recognized as the godfather of dancehall, U-Roy has produced some 20 albums. Crowned the king of dancehall by his peers, he had fans all over the world.
On social media, fans pay tribute to Daddy U-Roy, who died at age 78 after a brief illness.
On his Twitter account, the Prime Minister of Jamaica posted his sadness. In 2007, the Government of Jamaica awarded him the Order of Distinction for his contribution to the music of his country.
“Tributes flowed freely on social media Wednesday night as musicians expressed sorrow at the death of a pioneering godfather of Jamaican music.Source
Dancehall superstar Shaggy posted: “Today we lost one of our heroes!! A true legend in this game of dance hall/ Reggae if your (sic) a fan of sound system, then you’re a fan of Stur Gav sound. With such greats as Colonel Josey Whales (sic) and Charlie Chaplin, pioneers in this game … with a catalogue of amazing recordings U Roy was a master at his craft. Rest Well daddy Roy!! R.I.P. walk good.”
David Rodigan posted on Twitter: “RIP Daddy U Roy the iconic toaster who changed the paradigm of Jamaican music when he voiced the ‘Version Galore’ album …I was always in awe of him; the tone of voice, the cadence, the lyrical shimmering and riddim riding made him ‘the soul adventurer’.”