Jamaica Loses A Treasure In The Passing Of Reggae Icon U‑Roy…

His name was Ewart Beckford but to the tens of thou­sands of us who grew up on his toast­ing, no one knew who Ewart Beckford was, to us he was Daddy Roy, or U‑Roy.
The art of toast­ing began with DJs talk­ing over the record play­ing on the sound sys­tems, today we know the toast­er as Disc Jockeys (DJs).
To young dance hall goers like myself, Daddy Roy was the best of the best, the crème de la crème of dance­hall disc jockeys.

I will leave the com­ments to those who knew him inti­mate­ly, suf­fic­ing to say that his music was the sound­track to many of our lives.
He will for­ev­er be rec­og­nized as one of the great­est of Jamaica’s musi­cal pio­neers. He is irre­place­able and will be sad­ly missed.