Reggae singer Junior Delgado dies

Music News | Apr 15th, 2005

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Jamaican reggae singer Junior Delgado has died at the age of 46 in London, where he had been based.
In a 30-year career, Delgado recorded with the likes of Lee Perry, Sly and Robbie and Dennis Brown.

Famed for his “roots” style, his most successful songs included Sons Of Slaves, Raggamuffin Year and Away with Your Fussing and Fighting.

His spokesman said the death had been unexpected but was believed to have been from natural causes.

Born Oscar Hibbert, in Kingston, Jamaica, he recorded under his nickname, taken from the Spanish word for skinny.

Acclaimed style

He recorded with the group Time Unlimited in the early 1970s before Lee Perry produced his solo recordings.

He recorded social comment song Tition in 1975 with singer Dennis Brown.

Delgado’s debut solo album Taste of the Young Heart was released in 1978 and showcased his “raw moan” vocal style.

He set up his own label Incredible Jux and was a regular visitor to Britain.

In 1985 he attracted controversy by releasing Broadwater Farm, which predicted violence on the north London housing estate.

When a riot broke out shortly afterwards, culminating in the murder of PC Keith Blakelock, the record was banned.

Regularly live

Delgado kept releasing music regularly and in 1998 released the album Fearless, featuring rapper Maxi Jazz from Faithless and Jerry Dammers of the Specials.

The following year he played Glastonbury Festival. He continued to play live and recently released a new album, Invisible Music.

Delgado had three sons by his wife Janet. He had four other children.