Daddy U-Roy: Delighting in the Music

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Bad Bunny was the most streamed artistof 2020 on Spotify. The 26-year-old Puerto Rican “Latin trap rapper,” (I am a little confused by these musical genres), who also knows how to sport some very fancy clothes, earned more than 8.3 billion streams of his material. He’s a millionaire.

Bad Bunny performs onstage during the Calibash Los Angeles concert in Los Angeles in January, 2018. Photo: Kevin Winter / Getty Images

Why do I mention Bad Bunny, circa 2021? Because, whether he knows it or not, Mr. Bunny, whose real name is Benito Ocasio, is one of those following in the footsteps of the Jamaican “toaster” U-Roy, whose real name is Ewart Beckford. I am no musicologist, but I do think so. “Daddy U-Roy” passed away on February 17, at the age of 79.

The “godfather of dancehall,” U-Roy was stylish, too. (Photo: Amilcar Lewis/

U-Roy was born in Kingston…

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