2021-03-01
U-Roy, Jamaican Vocalist Who Defined Dancehall And Presaged Hip-Hop, Dies At 78

U-Roy, Jamaican Vocalist Who Defined Dancehall And Presaged Hip-Hop, Dies At 78

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U-Roy, Jamaican Vocalist Who Defined Dancehall And Presaged Hip-Hop, Dies At 78

Influenced by jazz, the Kingston-born vocalist revolutionized the art of occupying a space with his words. “Before U-Roy, no one was toasting,” Grammy winner Sean Paul tells NPR.

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