Jamaican musician Lee “Scratch” Perry died at the age of 85 in a Jamaican hospital on Sunday, Prime Minister Andrew Holness’s office said. The singer and producer was one of the pioneers of reggae and dub in the 1960s and 70s.
Real name Rainford Hugh Perry, the musician died in a hospital in Hanover, at the northwestern tip of the island, said the Prime Minister’s office, without specifying the cause of his death.
“A prolific musical icon”
“There is no doubt that Jamaica today has lost the rhythm and soul of a prolific musical icon who has inspired many people. Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry was truly one of the most important personalities and more creative than Jamaica has produced, “Andrew Holness said in a statement.
His production techniques have influenced many musicians. He has worked with reggae legend Bob Marley and other prominent Jamaican musicians, but also artists from other walks of life such as Paul McCartney, The Clash and the Beastie Boys. He received in 2003 the Grammy for best reggae album for “Jamaican ET”
Links with Switzerland
Considered an eccentric personality, Perry returned to his country a short time ago, after living in Europe for years. In January, he wrote on Instagram that Switzerland – he had been living in Zurich since 1989 with his wife – was too cold and that the “energy” there was bad. He complained about the coronavirus control measures and said he needed Jamaica’s sun.
>> Listen to his song “Perry in Dub”, characteristic of his musical style:
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