Sept.21st – U-Roy was born Ewart Beckford in Jones Town , Jamaica , on this day in 1942.
U-Roy’s distinctive toasting , rapping style over Jamaica’s new music style of the time in the early 1960’s called “Dub” , made him one of the forerunners of rapping and m.c.ing.
U-Roy worked with some of the biggest sound systems of his day in Jamaica like those of Sir Coxone Dodd , Duke Reid and King Tubby.
U-Roy’s 1st single ever released was 1969’s “Earth’s Rightful Ruler” , a duet with Peter Tosh.
U-Roy would release a slew of albums throughout the 70’s and 80’s , most notably 1975’s “Dread In A Babylon” , which featured one of his biggest hits “Runaway Girl”.
U-Roy’s latest album was 2000’s “Serious Matter”.
U-Roy , also known as “The Originator” was awarded Jamaica’s Order Of Distinction in rank as an Officer on Oct.15th 2007.