Bob Andy, who was born Keith Anderson in 1944, was founding member of The Paragons, a popular Rocksteady outfit that made a significant contribution to the early beginnings of authentic Jamaican music.
Bob Andy, whether as a member of a group or as a soloist, was a celebrated song writer, composer and lyricist.
His music for many was like the sound track to the black power movement coming into the 1970s and a call for self-actualization for descendants of enslaved Africans in the diaspora particularly when he teamed with singer Marcia Griffiths to produce the anthem ‘Young, Gifted and Black’,” the PNP said.
Bob Andy also worked for Studio One before launching his solo career.
a soloist he recorded hits such as "I've Got to Go Back Home", “Unchained", and "Too Experienced". These cemented the black empowerment theme of his music and his life.
“Bob Andy's reach as an artiste spans continents and cultures, but most importantly his gift to humanity beyond his music was his humble spirit and enlarged compassion for and understanding of the struggles of the under privileged,” the Party notes.
The Party is expressing condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the late singer/songwriter.
- Countries: Jamaica