U-Roy

Real Name:
Ewart Beckford
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Jamaican reggae vocalist and pioneer of toasting.
Born 21 September 1942, Kingston, Jamaica.
Died 17 February 2021, Kingston, Jamaica.
U-Roy, born in the slum Jones Town, in inner Kinston, Jamaica, became famous in the late 60's and early 70's. He was the prime innovator of toasting over versions of popular songs, remixed by dub music pioneers such as King Tubby. This vocal style was a major influence on early rap (Disco / Electro / Break Beat) and the later American hip-hop movement. He ran his own label, Mego-Ann, and sound system King Stur Gav Hi-Fi.
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none Version Galore — U-Roy U-Roy Version Galore (Album) Treasure Isle none Jamaica 1971 Sell This Version
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ATLP 1006 U. Roy — U-Roy U. Roy* U. Roy (Album) Attack ATLP 1006 UK 1974 Sell This Version
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VIL 12048 Dread In A Babylon — U-Roy U-Roy Dread In A Babylon (Album, Comp) TR International VIL 12048 Italy 1975 Sell This Version
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DSR 1865 Dread In A Africa — U-Roy U-Roy Dread In A Africa (Album) Hit DSR 1865 Jamaica 1976 Sell This Version
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CGLP 107 The Originator — U-Roy Nuroy & Uroy* Nuroy & Uroy* - The Originator(LP, Album) Carib Gems CGLP 107 UK 1976 Sell This Version
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V 2059 Natty Rebel — U-Roy U-Roy Natty Rebel (Album) Virgin V 2059 UK 1976 Sell This Version
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V 2092 Rasta Ambassador — U-Roy U-Roy Rasta Ambassador (Album) Virgin V 2092 New Zealand 1977 Sell This Version
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BALT-4003 Dubbing To The King In A Higher Rank — U-Roy U-Roy At The Control* Dubbing To The King In A Higher Rank (Album) King Attarney BALT-4003 Canada 1977 Sell This Version
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SSR 003 African Roots — U-Roy U-Roy African Roots (Comp) Celluloid SSR 003 Jamaica 1978 Sell This Version
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none Jah Son Of Africa — U-Roy U-Roy Jah Son Of Africa (Album) Front Line (2) none Jamaica 1978 Sell This Version
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TR-506 Love Is Not A Gamble — U-Roy U-Roy Love Is Not A Gamble (Album) State Line TR-506 Jamaica 1980 Sell This Version
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TZLP 001 Line Up And Come — U-Roy U. Roy* Line Up And Come(LP) Tappa Records TZLP 001 US 1986 Sell This Version
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RAS 3024C The Seven Gold — U-Roy U-Roy The Seven Gold (Album) Ujama RAS 3024C US 1987 Sell This Version
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ARILP 071 True Born African — U-Roy U-Roy True Born African (Album) Ariwa ARILP 071 UK 1991 Sell This Version
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ARILP 085 Smile A While — U-Roy U Roy* Smile A While (Album) Ariwa ARILP 085 UK 1992 Sell This Version
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3015862 Babylon Kingdom Must Fall — U-Roy U-Roy Babylon Kingdom Must Fall (Album) Ariwa 3015862 France 1996 Sell This Version
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HB CD 20609, 30609-2 Reggae Live Sessions Volume 1 — U-Roy U-Roy Reggae Live Sessions Volume 1 (Album) Jahmin' Records HB CD 20609, 30609-2 Netherlands 1998 Sell This Version
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TB1CD23 Serious Matter — U-Roy U Roy* Serious Matter (Album) Tabou 1 TB1CD23 France 1999 Sell This Version
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WBLP 06 Serious Matter Dub — U-Roy U Roy* Serious Matter Dub (Album) Walboomers WBLP 06 Netherlands 2000 Sell This Version
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TB1CD36 Now — U-Roy U Roy* Now (Album) Tabou 1 TB1CD36 France 2001 Sell This Version
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MED.0103 Rebel In Styylle — U-Roy U-Roy Rebel In Styylle (Album) Mediacom, I-Sound MED.0103 France 2003 Sell This Version
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ARILP 207 Old School / New Rules — U-Roy U-Roy Old School / New Rules (Album) Ariwa ARILP 207 UK 2007 Sell This Version
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none Love Trio In Dub — U-Roy Love Trio In Dub Featuring U-Roy Love Trio In Dub Featuring U-Roy - Love Trio In Dub (Album) Nublu Records none Turkey 2006 Sell This Version
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NUB00014 The Dark Mixes — U-Roy Love Trio Featuring U-Roy Love Trio Featuring U-Roy - The Dark Mixes (Album) Nublu Records NUB00014 US 2008 Sell This Version
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SBR022 Pray Fi Di People — U-Roy U-Roy Pray Fi Di People (Album) Soulbeats Records SBR022 France 2012 Sell This Version

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Ruben14

Ruben14

February 19, 2021
Thanks to him I met early Dancehall/DJ, one of the artists that influenced me in the world of Reggae Music.
R.I.P Master.
waltersobchak

waltersobchak

February 18, 2021
First I've heard Bob, then it was U-Roy in the 80's, since that I'mlistening to Jamaican music everyday. Rest in Peace U-Roy
djsoje

djsoje

December 8, 2010
He is certainly a legend in the natty world of root music.

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