U-Roy’s final full-length album to be released | Entertainment
Trojan Jamaica/BMG is set to release the late U-Roy’s final full-length album, Solid Gold U-Roy in July.
The album was originally set to come out in 2020, with plans for a worldwide tour in support of it, but the pandemic delayed the release.
Now, with the heartbreaking loss of U-Roy on February 17, the album has become a celebration of one of the most profoundly influential reggae stars of his generation.
Guest appearances on the album include Ziggy Marley, Shaggy, Mick Jones of The Clash, Sly & Robbie, Big Youth, Tarrus Riley, Rygin King, Jesse Royal and Richie Spice.
Trojan Jamaica co-founders Zak Starkey and Sharna ‘Sshh’ Liguz met U-Roy in 2018 and their friendship quickly developed beyond merely being his label presidents.
“We met U-Roy through our friend, Wayne Jobson, who took us to meet him in Kingston in early 2018,” says Liguz. “We ate lunch and got on great, and talked about re-recording his greatest hits, with him joined by special guest artistes. He was easy to talk to, very dignified and confident, but very approachable. Cool-looking and unassuming, but then he would open his mouth, and out would come a big, booming statement.”
Starkey said that three weeks after the meeting, they started recording in Trojan Jamaica Sounds studio in Ocho Rios.
“U-Roy would toast his songs live and Sshh would sing the songs that were to be sung later by the guests. Sshh and U-Roy bonded quickly doing this and had a lot of fun doing it,” he said.
He said that they loved touring with U-Roy, noting a particular one in Brazil. “We played gigs for 150,000 people and many of them were waving his vinyl records and hailing him as ‘The Originator’,” he said. Liguz added, “We had always loved U-Roy because of the power of his voice and his lyrics, with their humour and seriousness.”