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Reggae Month: JARIA pays tribute to late industry stalwarts

The Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JARIA) paid tribute to members of the entertainment industry who died in the past year with a four-hour virtual show Wednesday night broadcasted from the studios of the Creative Production and Training Centre in Kingston.

The event, among the activities organised by JARIA in celebration of Reggae Month, saw the Dean Fraser-led All Star band backing a number of singers as they belted out some of the favourite melodies of their late counterparts.

Among the late musicians recognised were recording artistes Millie Small, Toots Hibbert, Bob Andy, Albert Griffiths, Yvonne Sterling, Dobby Dobson and Johnny Nash.

There was also recognition for the recently departed who spent most of their careers on the production side of the music such as Bobby Digital, Edward "Bunny Striker" Lee, Barry O’Hare and guitarist Dalton Browne. Popular dancehall dancer Labba Labba and selector Likkle Wicked were also acknowledged.

Among the current performers who offered their voices in respect were Sarina Constantine, Droop Lion, Duane Stephenson, Tony Curtis, Pam Hall, Dwight Richards and Andrew Cassanova.

A special section of the show was dedicated to late super producer Bobby Digital, with selectors Kurt Riley and Delano playing some of his hit records to which members of Dance Xpressionz danced simultaneously.

Dance group L’Acadco also performed, with members joining Pam Hall and Andrew Cassanova in their version of 'Loving Pauper'.

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