RIP Desmond Dekker

Reggae and ska great Desmond Dekker, born Desmond Adolphus Dacres in Kingston, died of a heart attack Wednesday night at age 64. The first Jamaican artist to have an international hit, he was considered the island's first reggae legend. "When he released 'Israelites' nobody had heard of Bob Marley," says his manager, Delroy Williams. "He paved the way for all of them."

Photo: David Jiro

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