Music Industry Will Miss Mike Cacia
Michael Scott Cacia, born in Rochester, New York in 1953, recently passed away due to complications from diabetes. He was living in Negril, Jamaica, at the time of his passing.
According to his widow, Samantha 'Denise' Binkley, "Mike, as he is affectionately known around the world, was a great lover of music, especially reggae music, and aspired to be a radio DJ in his youth. He was a kind man and a friend to all and he had friends around the world who are feeling this loss. Mike was one-of-a-kind, never to be forgotten".
After graduating with a degree in mass communications from Emerson College in Boston, he began working in reggae music. Cacia was connected to Jamaica for life after making his first trip to the island in the late 1970s when he came to sign artistes on behalf of the newly formed Heartbeat Records, of which he was co-founder.
As a label, A&R and show promoter, Cacia began importing Jamaican artistes to perform in the United States, and was the first to bring Eek A Mouse to the US.
Over the last 30-plus years, Cacia worked in music and television through the groundbreaking TV show, 'Rockers', co-created and co-produced with his friend Earl Chin, as well as working closely with artistes such as Gregory Isaacs. He was responsible for booking many reggae artistes for overseas shows, including Junior Reid, Morgan Heritage, Rootz Underground and the US-based Fear Nuttin Band.
Toots and the Maytals also joined the world in mourning the loss of Cacia, as he was a former manager and family friend. For Toots, the musicians and crew, a cherished member of the family has passed.
Reflecting on his friend, Toots said, "I have known Mike for over 30 years and he was my very dear friend, who became my manager, and we worked together for over 20 years. He travelled the world with me and I will miss him very much. We will all miss him for a very long, long time. Mike loved reggae music and he loved my music extraordinarily. It is a great loss and we want to give our condolences to his family and friends all over the world. I spoke to him two days before he died and connected him with his daughter to speak with her as well, so he had a chance to say goodbye. His wish was to spend his final days in Jamaica and he got that wish. May his soul rest in peace, perfect peace."
Mike Cacia is survived by his daughter, Zoelle Mae Cacia, three sisters and three brothers. His body will be cremated and a memorial service is being planned by his family for San Diego, where he lived for the 15 years prior to relocating to Jamaica in 2015.