Grange, Phillips pay tribute to 'Carrot' Jarrett
Culture Minister Olivia 'Babsy' Grange said the passing of internationally renowned musician Irvin 'Carrot' Jarrett has left a void that will be difficult to fill.
"This is so because wrapped in 'Carrot' was a percussionist, singer, drummer, dancer, performer, concert producer, inventor, songwriter, painter and teacher," Grange said in her tribute to Jarrett.
Jarrett, 69, died at the Andrews Memorial Hospital in St Andrew on Tuesday.
He was a member of the Grammy-nominated reggae band Third World for 16 years before departing in 1989, and later pursued his interest in the naturopathic health sector.
Grange said his sudden passing has left a cloud of sorrow over the music industry and the naturopathic health sector.
She said Jarrett was regarded as one of the world's foremost percussionists and performers, whose talent contributed to Third World becoming one of the top reggae bands of all time and an institution that has held firm to the cultural and ancestral roots of its members.
She noted, too, that for the past two decades Jarrett managed to chart various courses in integrative health healing and wellness.
"Carrot was just so talented, knowledgeable and helpful to scores of people," the culture minister said.
The People's National Party (PNP) also paid tribute to Jarrett, acknowledging his "tremendous contribution" to the development of modern Jamaican music.
"Carrot was a man who also believed in the healing power of music and saw it as a gift that should be shared globally. He was relentless in making himself available to assist others," PNP President Dr Peter Phillips said in a statement.
"For him, it was more than playing an instrument or singing a song, it was connecting with others in a real and meaningful way. Carrot was a man who was humble and willing to go the extra mile to ensure excellence."