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Denroy Morgan gets keys to Brooklyn

Published:Thursday | August 24, 2017 | 12:00 AMShereita Grizzle
Denroy Morgan

Veteran reggae singer Ras Denroy Morgan, received the keys to the city of Brooklyn for his contribution to art and culture.

Morgan, father of the Grammy Award winning reggae group, Morgan Heritage, was bestowed the honour at the Afro-Caribbean Flavor (Free) Concert, held at Brooklyn's Wingate Field in New York on Tuesday night.

In a post to his official instagram page, having received the keys, Morgan described the moment as priceless.

"Receiving the key to Brooklyn was an amazing feeling, receiving this honour and sharing the moment with my inner and outer circle family ... priceless. All I can do is give thanks and praise to Jah Rastafari," his post read.

Having already paid tribute to their father at the concert, his children - members of Morgan Heritage - also used Instagram to send congratulatory messages to their father. A message to their official Instagram page read, "Dad received the keys to the city of Brooklyn, New York, something long in the making for many years. Many obstacles, but God is good. Well deserved honour, such a living legend. We love you Daddy, thank you for all you've done for us, the sacrifice and the investment."

Denroy Morgan, born in 1946 in May Pen, Clarendon, left Jamaica in 1965 at the age of 19 and travelled to the United States to become a musician. He was part of the formation the Black Eagles, a New York City reggae band in the 1970s, before launching a prosperous solo career in the 1980s. Morgan found success in the States in 1981, with the release of his 'I'll Do Anything for You' album, when the title track became a big R&B and Dance hit.

In 1984 Morgan signed with RCA Records (the first reggae artiste signed to the label) and that deal led to the release of the reggae album, Make My Day.

His children, encouraged by his success, have also taken on musical careers themselves - including Laza Morgan, Gramps Morgan, and family bands LMS and Morgan Heritage.

Last week Morgan Heritage kicked off a 23-city tour across the United States and Canada, promoting their new album, Avrakedabra, which features a remake of Jimmy Cliff's hit single, Reggae Night.

Last year was the first time that Morgan Heritage has ever been nominated for a Grammy Award and they walked away with the nod for Best Reggae Album, that same year.

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