26 May Natalie Neita Saddened by the loss of Frankie Paul
Opposition spokesperson on Entertainment Natalie Neita, expresses sincere condolences on the passing of reggae-dancehall icon Frankie Paul.
Frankie Paul never had it easy. He spent his formative years at the Salvation Army’s School for the Blind in Kingston and when deciding to go professional as a singer at just 15 years of age had to use the name Frankie Paul as his given name Paul Blake would have created confusion with the singer of the same name who was a Tastee Talent Show winner in front of Nadine Sutherland and Yellowman and was lead singer of the popular Bloodfire Posse.
Frankie Paul never wavered and over the next two decades established himself as one of the voices of his generation, the early dancehall generation, creating memorable hits like “Worries In the Dance”, “Tidal Wave”, “Pass the Tu-Sheng-Peng “, “Cassanova” and “Sara”.
His unique voice, rough and gravely but with strength, power and range, thrilled us all.
Jamaica has lost another pioneer in Frankie Paul and we are all the worse for that loss. On behalf of the People’s National Party I offer again my condolences to his family, friends and musical colleagues.