RIP: Reggae Pops

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by Anthony Valadez

Reggae Pops was a fixture on the music scene here in LA and, with the news of his passing, a flurry of tributes went up on Facebook.

He visited KCRW’s studios when Lianne La Havas performed, and it was a pleasure to have his incredible spirit here.

Watch Lianne’s video featuring Reggae Pops and read a tribute from KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez below.

Lianne La Havas “Age” from Yours Truly on Vimeo.

From Anthony:

Reggae Pops will be missed. I’ll miss his spirt, energy and ability to pop up out of nowhere with a huge smile on his face. He taught me to dance with bended knees and keep the back straight when grooving.

It was a pleasure to have met his family and for them to see how much LA appreciates him at his 68th B Day party at the Exchange LA a few years back.

Words can not describe his beautiful human spirit. You just had to have known him or seen him to feel it.

Here is a photo of Pops with KCRW staffer Shawniece Swain.

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Pops loved Reggae Night, part of KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)