Prime Minister, Culture Minister, Sean Paul and more saddened by DJ Arif Cooper’s passing
Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Minister Olivia Babsy Grange, and Sean Paul are among the many social media users expressing grief and shock, following the sudden death Arif Cooper, son of famous musician and music teacher, Ibo Cooper.
The popular disc jockey (DJ), music producer and radio personality died early Sunday (March 5) morning after collapsing at Recall Throwback Edition held at the Police Officers’ Club on Hope Road.
Arif Cooper was one of several DJs booked for the event.
In an Instagram post, Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, hailed Cooper as a pioneer and trailblazer in the music industry; and said that his passing is a great loss.
In a statement, Minister Olivia Babsy Grange said in part, Arif’s versatility was one of the huge features of the man and was greatly admired by his colleagues in the music industry, especially those whose careers benefited from his talent, and by his fans.”
While Sean Paul in an Instagram tribute to Afri Cooper wrote in part, “So much great musical memories shared with this legendary producer and DJ.”
Condolences have come from several members of the entertainment fraternity, media, and government officials.
Arif Cooper, the son of famous musician and music teacher Ibo Cooper, has been DJing since 1991 and had become one of Jamaica’s most loved selectors at home and abroad.
He has been an instrumental part of the careers of several dancehall acts, including Vybz Kartel, Konshens, Baby Cham, Alaine, Demarco and Aidonia and is behind many popular rhythms such as Guardian Angel, New Money, and Happy Step, and has contributed immensely to Jamaica’s music and culture.
Arif Cooper founded the Fresh Ear Production House in 1997. In 1998, he joined FAME FM, and was a part of the entity until his passing.