‘Natty Rebel’ Reggae Star Daddy U Roy Dead At 78

KINGSTON, JAMAICA. (THECOUNT) — Jamaican singer Daddy U-Roy has died, he was 78.

Born, Ewart Beckford in Jonestown, Jamaica, U-Roy, was known for pioneering the vocal style of “toasting,” performing conversational, rhythmic speech over a reggae or dancehall beat, according to Pitchfork.

His longtime collaborator Neil Fraser, aka Ariwa Sounds studio’s Mad Professor, confirmed the news to Pitchfork. U-Roy, or Daddy Throughout his career, U-Roy released some 20 records and contributed to Toots and Maytals’ Grammy-winning album True Love. He was awarded the Order of Distinction by the Jamaican government for his influence on the country’s music scene.

A cause of death was not provided.


Geo quick facts: Jamaica, a Caribbean island nation, has a lush topography of mountains, rainforests and reef-lined beaches. Many of its all-inclusive resorts are clustered in Montego Bay, with its British-colonial architecture, and Negril, known for its diving and snorkeling sites. Jamaica is famed as the birthplace of reggae music, and its capital Kingston is home to the Bob Marley Museum, dedicated to the famous singer – wikipedia.