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Years Active: 1961–present
Genre:dance, reggae, dub
532.3KScrobbles
88.8KListeners

U-Roy (born Ewart Beckford September 21, 1942) is a Jamaican musician also known as The Originator and Hugh Roy. He was born in Jones Town, Jamaica.U-Roy's musical career began in 1961 when he began DJing at various sound systems, eventually working with King Tubby.

Tubby was then experimenting with his equipment, in the process of inventing dub music. With U-Roy as his most prominent DJ, King Tubby's new sound became extraordinarily popular and U-Roy became a Jamaican celebrity.

He recorded Dynamic Fashion Way, his first recording, in 1969 for Keith Hudson and then worked with almost every producer of the island: Lee Perry, Peter Tosh, Bunny Lee, Phil Pratt, Sonia Pottinger, Rupie Edwards, Alvin Ranglin and Lloyd Daley.

In 1970, Jamaican singer John Holt became enamoured of U-Roy's technique. Working with Duke Reid, U-Roy's fame grew through a series of singles, including Wake the Town and "Wear You to the Ball".U-Roy's success continued throughout the 1970s, most famously with the album Dread in a Babylon with its iconic picture of him disappearing in a cloud of cannabis smoke while holding an enormous pipe, and a song called Chalice in the Palace, fantasising about smoking with Queen Elizabeth II in Buckingham Palace.

He had become one of the island's biggest stars by the early 1980s, also garnering significant acclaim in the United Kingdom. His latest album is 2000's Serious Matter.

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U-Roy performs dance, reggae, dub music and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, or other music performances. The estimated booking fee range to book U-Roy for your event, Please Contact. U-Roy has more than 88.8K listeners worldwide and really knows how to entertain your audience. Similar artists are  Johnny Clarke, The Heptones, Cornell Campbell, Horace Andy, The Upsetters, Burning Spear . Contact AAE Music agency for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling U-Roy for an upcoming event.

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