Edi Fitzroy stood out in an industry filled with 'sameness' — Grange

Sunday, March 05, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange has described the passing of roots singer Edi Fitzroy as a “significant loss” to an industry that has become riddled with similar styles.

“Edi Fitzroy’s passing represents a significant loss.  In an entertainment industry where there is a lot of sameness, he was and will continue to be a stand out,” Grange said in a release this aftertnoon.

The roots singer died Saturday at the May Pen Hospital in his native Clarendon.

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She added, “Edi had a most distinctive singing style.  Whether he was singing about the strength and beauty of his Princess Black or warning young people against a life of crime and the reality of Prison Life, there was no mistaking Edi Fitzroy and his unique style”.

“He was a Jamaican original and he will be missed. I offer condolences to his family, friends and his fans everywhere,” Grange stated.

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