LIFESTYLE

Reggae Singer Goldie Crippled And Forgotten

No one remember old Marcus Garvey
No one remember old Marcus Garvey

No one remember him, no one
They been talking about Paul Bogle
They been talking about William Gordon

Burning Spear — Old Marcus Garvey

The song titled, Old Marcus Garvey, must be the refrain of Alric Lansfield Malcolm aka Goldie Locks.

One of the twin sons of Ivy Wright, a centurion who passed recently, Goldie was born on August 8, 1950 in Troy, Trelawny.

Goldie, at the tender age of 17, sensing that there was no future for him in his little rural village decided like many other youths from rural Jamaica to journey to Kingston to seek his fortune.

His journey would land him in one of the most deprived areas of Kingston — Waterhouse.

However, it was here after doing ad-hoc jobs his childhood dream of becoming a reggae singer would find root and be realized.

The community of Waterhouse like Bob Marley’s Trench town were renown places to be at for any upcoming and budding new artists in the early 70s.

The fact is Waterhouse has the reputation of producing some of Reggae’s most outstanding talents. These include artists such as King Tubby, Black Uhuru, The Jays, Junior Reid, King Jammy, Baby Cham, Little Kirk, Michael Rose, Beenie Man, among others.

It was among this angus group of artists Goldie was to later enjoin himself, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Garth Denis, Ducky Simpson, Don Carlos, among many others.

He later teamed up with Don Carlos of Black Uhuru and Wailing Soul fame as a co-writer and back up vocalist singing songs such as: Them Say, Judgement Day, It Was Love, Come In Girl, Every time I See You, among many others.

Together, they both worked with Dr. Dread in producing several albums.

After touring the live circuit with Don Carlos, Goldie later moved out on his own but soon after destruction struck in the late 1990s, and unfortunately, it has been a downhill for Goldie since then.

After living in Maryland for a short period of time, fate would put Goldie in the wrong place at the wrong time as he was caught in the crossfire of a drug robbery.

He received several gunshots which left him crippled from that incident and soon after was deported to Jamaica as he was only on a work visa at the time.

Today, Goldie is neglected by friends and family and is cooped up in a nursing home in May Pen, Clarendon.

With no royalty from his music or no one to turn to Goldie is living a penury life depending on the mercy and help of strangers to get by each day.

Goldie’s career has been cut short, but he remains resolute in his spirit to fight on regardless of the odds and the predicament in which he has found himself.

The truth is artists in Jamaica don’t take time out to secure their future in contractual arrangements.

So, the question goes a begging who represents Goldie’s interest in royalty claims? The Jamaica Federation of Musicians? His lawyer?

Many artists continue to fall on bad times, and some even sit on resources not knowing their rights.

This, therefore, means more need to be done locally to educate and enlighten artists about the industry so that they do not fall through the cracks.

Goldie, a man beloved as an able-bodied person, but now forgotten since disabled — in the words of President Donald Trump — sad!

Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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