DEEJAY Prince Jazzbo was remembered for his contribution to Jamaican music and community, during the thanksgiving service for his life on Sunday, October 6, at Sydenham Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Spanish Town, St Catherine.
His niece, Nyasha Gayle, recalled his commitment to recording and performing, as well as a love for family.
“Uncle Jazzbo is gone but I will say it was a joy to be around him. He believes in giving 110 per cent in whatever he does, not for just financial gains but because of his passion,” she said in her eulogy. “He loved children and always said ‘nuh man shouldn’t have nuh yute weh dem cyaan tek care of’.”
Jazzbo’s love for children was echoed by an elderly female member of the congregation who recalled the back-to-school programmes he led in his St Catherine community.
“This year they (children) get no back-to-school presents. And they are going to miss him so much,” she said.
The artiste, born Linval Roy Carter, died September 11 from lung cancer at age 62.
Prince Jazzbo came to prominence in the 1970s, recording for various producers including Clement ‘Coxson’ Dodd, Osbourne ‘King Tubby’s’ Ruddock and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry.
His most popular song is Crab Walking.
Several of his contemporaries attended the service, including singers Max Romeo, Earl ‘Heptones’ Morgan, Phillip Fraser and deejay Trinity; producers Blackbeard and Junior Dodd, son of Clement Dodd.
Prince Jazzbo was interred at the family plot in his birthplace of Blackwoods, Clarendon.
By Basil Walters—