"Dennis Emmanuel Brown ... I would have to say ... joy."
~ Damien Marley
Reggae music icon, Dennis Brown, was recognized by the Jamaican Government today, on National Heroes Day, for his outstanding musical achievements.
The Order of Distinction, Commander Class, was bestowed posthumously on Dennis Emmanuel Brown, who was dubbed the "Crown Prince of Reggae" by none other than Bob Marley. Marley was always adamant that Dennis Brown was the best reggae singer in the world, and his favorite.
It's about damn time, I say!! And what a PERFECT description by Damien Marley. "Joy" is exactly the feeling I get when I hear his sweet voice!
The motto of the Order is "Distinction through Service". It can be conferred on any citizen of Jamaica who renders outstanding and important services to Jamaica and upon any distinguished citizen of a country other than Jamaica (an honorary member).
Without a doubt, Dennis Brown (February 1, 1957 - July 1, 1999) will always be one of my favorite artists. During his 30 year career, he recorded more than 75 albums and too many hit singles to count and he was a master of the Lovers' Rock genre of reggae music.
On April 26, 2010, NPR (National Public Radio) featured Dennis Brown as one of the world's "50 Great Voices". He was in excellent company! The list also includes artists such as Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Luther Vandross, Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Janis Joplin, Placido Domingo, Billie Holliday, George Jones, Freddie Mercury, and many others.
Dennis Brown's body of work, which spans from the late 60s to the time of his passing in 1999, can certainly be considered one of the greatest catalogs of music in Jamaica's modern music era. Tragically, his career was cut short when he died from complications caused by pneumonia. Over 10,000 mourners attended his funeral and he became the first entertainer to be buried in Kingston's National Heroes Park, where four Prime Ministers are buried.
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Jah bless Dennis Brown's soul... today and always!