Rasta Pacey passed away
In 2000, Jamaican veteran singer Wallen Earl Rickett aka Pacey aka Rasta Pacey relocated to Germany where he passed away on Monday 28th December in a hospital in Dortmund.
Born in the parish of Clarendon in southern Jamaica, singer Rasta Pacey is a contemporary of Everton Blender with whom he, and also Curtis Smith, formed a teenage group called Everton & The Blenders. The group split up, but due to his life-long friendship with Everton Blender, Pacey did the backing vocals on Blender’s first release entitled Bah Bah Black Sheep.
Musical aptitude lies in Pacey’s family. His brother Stan Rick is also a singer, his cousin Ian ‘Beezy’ Coleman played guitar in Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers and is also a singer in his own right. After the teenage group had split up, Pacey focused on his solo career and started recording at Channel One Studio in 1978, followed by two single releases on the Good Samaritan label. He earned his living in Ocho Rios and along Jamaica’s north coast as a singer in the hotel circuit and tourist resorts. In 1995 he made his appearance at Sunsplash, and later that year at Sumfest in Montego Bay. At the end of 2000, Jody G Productions released the singer’s 12-track debut album You Are, which he had recorded for producer Barry O’Hare at Grove Music, Ocho Rios, Jamaica. In the month of July 2020, he saw the release of his fourth full-length album titled Gideon Suit.