Government to erect Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry bust in Hanover – Grange

The government has announced plans to erect a bust of the late Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry in his hometown of Hanover.

The announcement was made in a tribute from Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports Minister Olivia Grange, which was read by Tamika Davis, MP for Hanover Western, at the grave during Thursday’s brief funeral. for reggae icon. .

Perry was buried on family land in Cauldwell, Hanover.

“To his widow, Mirella, (his) children, brothers and sisters and other relatives, I intend to pay homage to him with a bust which will be erected in Hanover in homage to one of the greatest sons of the parish , as part of Jamaica’s 60 Diamond Jubilee celebrations, ”Davis said as part of Grange’s tribute to Perry.

Grange added: “I am saddened by his transition, but at the same time grateful for the enduring monuments – his music, his hits, his personality, his fashion, his philosophy.”

The Grammy Award-winning Jamaican music pioneer died in August at Noel Holmes Hospital in Lucea, Hanover, after battling the disease for some time.

Perry was 85.

‘Scratch’ Perry was one of the greatest producers in the annals of reggae music. Born in March 1936, he could not read or write music, but he was noted for his intuitive ear, innovative studio techniques and a brilliant, offbeat production style.

An eccentric genius, he is known for recording garden instruments for rhythms, burying microphones under trees for different sounds, blowing ganja smoke on tapes, and even playing tapes backwards.

Perry pioneered the development of dub music in the 1970s with his early adoption of remixing and studio effects to create new instrumental or vocal versions of existing reggae tracks.

He has worked with and produced for a wide variety of artists, including Bob Marley and the Wailers, Junior Murvin, the Congos, Max Romeo, the Beastie Boys and the Orb.

He produced over 1,000 recordings during his career. These included some of the best early recordings from Bob Marley and the Wailers, such as the albums’ Soul Rebel ‘and’ Soul Revolution ‘, as well as’ Small Ax’, ‘Duppy Conqueror’, ‘Jah Live’, ‘Punky Reggae Singles Party ‘and’ Rastaman Live Up ‘.

Perry was the recipient of a national honor, the Order of Distinction in Officer Rank.

He won a Reggae Grammy Award in 2002 for the album ‘Jamaican ET’. He has been nominated four more times – in 2014 for ‘Back on the Controls’; “Revelation” in 2010; “Repentance” in 2008; and “The End of an American Dream” in 2007.

He is known for his songs including “Dreadlocks in Moonlight”, “Curly Locks”, “City Too Hot” and “I Am A Mad Man”.

Perry, originally from Kendal in Hanover, lived in Switzerland for several years, returning to reside in Negril, Jamaica in January 2021, declaring that Switzerland was “too cold”.

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