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Reggae Community Mourns Loss of Versatile Artist Roger B

The reggae music scene in Canada is reeling from the loss of one of its most versatile and influential members, Roger B Green, who passed away on Monday, March 25, 2024, after a battle with throat cancer. Known for his prowess as a songwriter, singer, rhythm maker, sound engineer, husband, and father, Green’s impact on the Canadian reggae scene was profound and far-reaching.

Born in Georgetown, Guyana, Roger B embarked on his musical journey early in life, honing his skills within the vibrant sound system culture of his homeland. In 1992, he began touring Canada with various bands, eventually settling in the country in 1998. Upon his arrival, Green wasted no time immersing himself in numerous musical endeavors, promotions, and productions.

A testament to his dedication to music education, Roger B spent two years teaching engineering and post-production at the Trebas Music Institute and later served as a sound tech program instructor at the I.A.D.T (Toronto Film School). Alongside Sam Weller, he co-founded Slamm Studio, realizing his long-term goal of providing a professional recording space to nurture young talent.

Green’s musical legacy extends beyond his teaching and studio work. He released his first full-length album, ‘Psalms & Amp Songs’, showcasing his distinctive blend of roots reggae and socially conscious lyrics. His catalog includes memorable singles such as ‘Persistence’, ‘Captain Selassie I’, ‘Jah Love’, ‘Rough Old Life’, and ‘Too Late’.

Moreover, Green’s contributions as a producer were invaluable, having crafted rhythms for a diverse array of artists including Donna Makeda, Sweet Sapp, Sugar Minott, and many others. His collaborative spirit and commitment to fostering emerging talent earned him widespread respect within the industry.

Despite his illness, Green remained dedicated to his craft, continuing to work on music projects until his passing. His vision for Slamm Studio as a creative hub for aspiring musicians will undoubtedly endure as part of his legacy.

As the reggae community mourns the loss of Roger B, details about funeral arrangements are yet to be announced. However, his impact on Canadian reggae music will be remembered fondly, with tributes pouring in from fellow artists and fans alike. In Roger B Green’s passing, the reggae world has lost not just a talented artist but a true champion of the genre’s spirit and culture.

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