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Dancehall pioneer WAYNE SMITH passes away

Jamaica’s WAYNE SMITH, the creator of the first computerised dancehall riddim, has passed away in Kingston aged just 48.

As reported by the Jamaica Observer the Sleng Teng artist was admitted to Kingston Public Hospital on Friday following stomach pains and died shortly after noon on Monday.

The Waterhouse artist started his career in 1980 working alongside producer Lloyd “King Jammy” James who went on to produce “Under Mi Sleng Teng” in 1984. 

The track was orchestrated by SMITH and musician NOEL DAVEY on a cheap Casio MT40 keyboard and went on to transform reggae, triggering the evolution of dancehall’s digital sound.

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