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Michael Prophet's funeral held in England - Had been slated to perform at Rebel Salute 2018

Published:Sunday | February 4, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Michael Prophet
Michael Prophet

Reggae artiste Michael Prophet, real name Michael George Haynes, was laid to rest in London, England, on Thursday, February 1. It was the start of Reggae Month. His funeral service took place at the New Testament Church of God, Arcadian Gardens in N22, where a number of his family, friends, and fans gathered to show their respect.

Born in 1957, Michael Prophet hailed from Maxfield Avenue in Kingston, Jamaica, and went on to enjoy a fruitful career spanning over 40 years. Bursting on to the scene in the late 1970s, he was one of the artistes who helped to bring Henry 'Junjo' Lawes' Volcano label to prominence during the early 1980s. A particular song that he voiced through this stable, Gunman, went on to become one of Michael Prophet's biggest hits.

He also worked extensively with acclaimed producer Vivian 'Yabby You' Jackson and released a total of 29 albums between 1979 and 2009. One of the 'riginal roots reggae stalwarts to emerge through the 1980s dancehall era, Prophet died in London on December 16, 2017, at the age of 60 years. He had been diagnosed with terminal cancer but eventually succumbed to cardiac arrest.

Up until the very end of his life, Prophet remained in demand and delivered energetic performances, particularly in Europe and the United Kingdom - where he had been living. Fans would flock to enjoy his regular appearances at events such as Rototom Sunsplash and the annual Lambeth Country Show. He was slated to perform at flagship festival Rebel Salute in Jamaica, last month, but died before this could take place.

He is survived by seven children.