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CELEBRATING THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF DENNIS BROWN

Posted: February 1, 2009
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THE LATE DENNIS EMMANUEL BROWN WAS BORN THIS DAY IN THE YEAR 1957. HE WAS ONE OF THE PIONEERS IN THE LOVERS ROCK STYLE OF REGGAE AND WITH 78 ALBUMS TO HIS NAME, WAS ONE OF THE MOST PROLIFIC NAMES IN THE BUSINESS.

HONOURED WITH THE TITLE "CROWN PRINCE OF REGGAE" BY THE GREAT BOB MARLEY, BROWN WAS REGARDED BY MANY AS REGGAE'S GREATEST SINGER AFTER MARLEY.

NOW, THE DENNIS EMANUEL BROWN TRUST WILL CONTINUE WITH ACTIVITIES TO COMMEMORATE THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF D. BROWN. JUNIOR LINCOLN, CHAIRMAN OF THE DENNIS EMANUEL BROWN TRUST GIVES US THE DETAILS.

THE OBJECTIVES OF THE DENNIS EMANUEL BROWN TRUST INCLUDES THE MAINTENANCE AND ADVANCEMENT OF THE MEMORY OF THE LIFE AND WORKS OF DENNIS EMANUEL BROWN, TO HELP ALLEVIATE POVERTY THROUGH CREATING AND ENHANCING EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES, TO ASSIST IN THE PROCUREMENT OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS THAT WILL ENABLE THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN APPRECIATION IN STUDENTS OF THE PERFORMING ARTS AND SEE THEMSELVES AS CONTRIBUTORS TO THE JAMAICAN CULTURE AND TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES THAT WILL ALLOW FOR EDUCATIONAL EMPOWERMENT AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF SKILLS THAT WILL BE NEEDED BY CITIZENS OF THE 21ST CENTURY.

DENNIS EMANUEL BROWN IS LOVED SECOND-TO-NONE IN REGGAE.

IN MAY 1999, AFTER TOURING IN BRAZIL WITH OTHER REGGAE SINGERS, BROWN STARTED TO SHOW SYMPTOMS OF ILLNESS.

AFTER RETURNING TO KINGSTON, JAMAICA, ON THE EVENING OF JUNE 30, 1999, HE WAS RUSHED TO KINGSTON'S UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL, SUFFERING FROM CARDIAC ARREST.

DENNIS EMMANUEL BROWN DIED ON JULY 1, 1999 IN KINGSTON, JAMAICA, OF A COLLAPSED LUNG AT THE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL.

FORMER JAMAICAN PRIME MINISTER P. J. PATTERSON AND OPPOSITION LEADER EDWARD SEAGA OF THE JAMAICA LABOUR PARTY BOTH SPOKE AT BROWN'S FUNERAL, WHICH WAS HELD ON JULY 17, 1999 IN KINGSTON. THE SERVICE, WHICH LASTED FOR THREE HOURS, ALSO FEATURED LIVE PERFORMANCES BY MAXI PRIEST, SHAGGY, AND FIVE OF BROWN'S SONS.

DENNIS EMMANUEL BROWN WAS THEN BURIED AT KINGSTON'S NATIONAL HEROES PARK.

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