NAMBO ROBINSON & RONNIE DAVIS PASS AWAY
Written by IrieJam Radio on January 27, 2017
The Jamaican music fraternity has lost 2 legendary stalwarts.
First on Wednesday legendary trombonist Nambo Robinson passed away.
Born Ronald Robinson, Nambo remained one of the most in demand studio musicians in Jamaica for more than 40 years. He was also a vocalist, percussionist, and recording artist, releasing 4 solo albums.
He began his career in the 1970’s playing with Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, and went on to record and tour with Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, The Taxi Gang, and others. As recent as last year, Nambo worked with Grammy nominated Raging Fyah, Sly & Robbie, and toured with The Wailers.
Nambo Robinson passed away peacefully at home at the age of 67, and is survived by his wife, daughter, and 2 sons. His exact cause of death is thus far unknown.
Then last night (Thursday), roots singer Ronnie Davis passed away, 2 days after suffering a massive stroke.
Born Jerome Ballin, Ronnie Davis leaves a legacy of music spanning more than 50 years. He was best known for singing with groups The Tennors and The Itals. He also played on numerous classics including Bob Marley’s “Buffalo Soldier”, “Baltimore” by The Tamlins, and “Lift Up Your Head” by Everton Blender.
Both Nambo Robinson and Ronnie Davis were still very active at the time of their passing. Robinson was scheduled to be part of a band paying tribute to legendary trombonist/composer Don Drummond in early February.
While 66-year-old Ronnie Davis was in the mist of reviving his career, after releasing his 5th album “Iyahcoustic” last August and creating his first ever music video for the album’s first single “I Won’t Cry”.