Minister Grange says Frankie Paul was a musical genius

May 20, 2017

Culture minister Olivia Grange has expressed sorrow at the passing of the Jamaican reggae/dancehall artiste Frankie Paul.

Frankie Paul died at the University Hospital  of the West Indies on Thursday night. He was 52.

A young Frankie Paul
Given name: Paul Blake
Born: October 19, 1965, Kingston
Died: May 18, 2017, Kingston

Minister Grange said:

"Frankie Paul was an extremely talented artiste and musical genius whose skills earned him the title of 'Jamaica's Stevie Wonder' due to his visual impairment, his vocal prowess and skill with musical instruments.  It was not surprising that when Stevie Wonder came to Jamaica in October, 1975 to perform on the Dream Concert, which benefited the School for the Blind, he visited the school, watched Paul perform and was so delighted by his performance that he persuaded Paul to seek a career in music.

"Paul became a staple at all major local concerts and festivals including Reggae Sunsplash and Reggae Sumfest. He also recorded a number of best selling hits, including 'Cassanova' and ‘Sarah’. 

"I wish to extend sincere condolences to his family and friends, as well as his colleagues in the music industry who mourn his loss. May his soul rest in peace and may his music continue to entertain and inspire us for generations to come."

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange.

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