Soul of reggae Lee 'Scratch' Perry dies aged 85

Legendary Jamaican singer and music producer Lee "Scratch" Perry has died at the age of 85.

He died in hospital in Lucea, northwest Jamaica, local media reported.

Perry is understood for his pioneering experiments in dub, which revolutionized not only reggae, but also hip hop, dance, and other genres.

Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness paid tribute to an "unforgettable" Perry on Twitter, praising his "excellent contribution" to music.

Perry was born in rural Jamaica in 1936 and moved to the capital Kingston within the early 1960s.

In a 1984 interview with NME magazine, he said: "My father worked on the road, my mother within the fields. We were very poor. I visited the school... I didn't learn anything. Everything I learned came from nature."

He began his musical career in 1950 as an assistant at a reggae music label, before moving on to become a recording artist with an equivalent label.

Over subsequent seven decades, Perry continued to figure with a variety of other music legends, including Marley and therefore the Beastie Boys.

He also won a Grammy in 2002, was nominated four other times - in 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2014 - and received a Jamaican national honor, the Order of Distinction.

In a 2010 interview with Rolling Stone, Keith Richards described Perry as "the Salvador Dali of music".

"He's a mystery. the planet is his instrument. you only need to listen," Richards said. "More than a producer, he knows the way to inspire the artist's soul."

Mike D, from the Beastie Boys, paid tribute to Perry on Instagram with photos of the time they spent working together.

"We send the foremost love and respect we will to Lee Perry who passed today, to his family and loved ones and therefore the many he influenced together with his pioneering spirit and work," Mike D wrote.

"We are truly grateful to possess been inspired by, worked with, and collaborated with this true legend. allow us to all hear his deep catalog in tribute."

Soul of reggae Lee 'Scratch' Perry dies aged 85

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