'Sir Faith' called to higher service

'Sir Faith' called to higher service

Passage: Michael Gordon-Martin

Saturday, January 18, 2020

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The Jamaica Observer's Entertainment Desk continues its daily recap of the stories, people and events that captured our attention in 2019.

Michael “Mikey Faith” Gordon-Martin was the driving force behind the Emperor Faith sound system, which 'rammed' many a dance during the 1970s and 1980s. He died in August at age 80.

The affable Gordon-Martin, who operated Emperor Faith for over 50 years, died at the University Hospital after suffering a heart attack. He went into a coma and never regained consciousness.

A graduate of Wolmer's Boys' High School, Gordon-Martin played Sunlight Cup cricket as a leg-spinner. He later attended American University in Washington DC where he earned a degree in business.

In 1968, while working at his father's Gordon-Martin and Associates fabric company, he purchased Sir Faith, a small sound system from East Kingston. Renamed Emperor Faith, it became a popular 'sound', featuring memorable clashes with Arrows International and Tippa Tone.

— Howard Campbell

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