Reggae and Dub Pioneer Bunny "Striker" Lee Dies at Age 79 - Selector

Reggae and Dub Pioneer Bunny “Striker” Lee Dies at Age 79

10.07.2020

Bunny Lee, a seminal figure in the world of reggae and dub music, has died at the age of 79. Known by the nicknames “Striker” and “Gorgon,” he left a lasting imprint on music in Jamaica and abroad.

Social media reports of Lee’s death circulated on October 7th, including tributes by the likes of of British radio DJ David Rodigan and Jamaican label Trojan Records. While no cause of death has been disclosed to the general public, he was known to have suffered from kidney disease in the months leading up to his passing.

Remembering Bunny “Striker” Lee

The Guardian notes that Bunny Lee (born Edward Sullivan Lee) provided the reggae blueprint in the form of his 1968 Stranger Cole collaboration, “Bangarang” (although Toots Hibbert, who passed away in September, coined the genre descriptor). Through his record label, Lee’s, he also provided a platform for the likes of Slim SmithPeter ToshJohn Holt and Delroy Wilson.

Lee’s influence did not stop at reggae alone. Working alongside King Tubby, he helped develop the reverb delay-heavy dub music – which would go on to influence electronic music genres like house, jungle, drum and bass, dubstep, dancehall and trip-hop.

No memorial details have been publicly disclosed for Bunny Lee’s memorial service at the time of writing.

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