Kingston, 27 March 2020 – “Nobody could write songs like him,” said the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, as she reflected on the life of the Jamaican Reggae icon, Bob Andy.
Andy, who was born Keith Anderson, passed away this morning.
Minister Grange said:
“I am very sad to hear of Bob Andy’s passing. I knew he had been unwell, but I was praying for his recovery. His passing is a great loss for Jamaica.
Bob Andy was easily among the best songwriters Jamaica has ever produced. He leaves a legacy of some of the greatest hits including the classic, ‘I’ve Got to go Back Home’ and ‘Fire Burning’.
I have been a big fan of Bob Andy’s music. His writing was superb. Nobody could write songs like him.
His collaborations with other artistes, particularly with Marcia Griffiths — an icon in her own right — will always remain standards.
Bob Andy lived a long, creative life during which he’s been a singer, songwriter, producer, dancer and actor.
I offer my sincerest condolences to his fans, colleagues, friends and family — especially his children: Bobby, Bianka and Shamori.
We all mourn the passing of a truly remarkable man.”
Bob Andy was 75.