Ewart Beckford OD (21 September 1942 – 17 February 2021),[1] known by the stage name U-Roy, was a Jamaican vocalist and pioneer of toasting.[2][3] U-Roy was known for a melodic style of toasting applied with a highly developed sense of timing.

Background information
Birth nameEwart Beckford
Also known asThe Originator
Hugh Roy
The Teacher
Born(1942-09-21)21 September 1942
Jones Town, Jamaica
Died17 February 2021(2021-02-17) (aged 78)
Kingston, Jamaica
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Years active1961–2021
LabelsTreasure Isle, Duke Reid, Virgin