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Hugh Mundell

A teenage prodigy, Hugh Mundell was born on 14 June 1962 in Kingston, Jamaica. He made waves in the reggae scene at just 16 years old with his iconic Roots record "Africa Must Be Free By 1983". Despite being produced by Augustus Pablo, Mundell wrote all the tunes himself, earning him the nickname "The Blessed Youth".

Introduced to reggae by family friend Boris Gardiner, Mundell began recording sessions at the age of 13. By the time of his untimely death on 14 October 1983, he had already produced five LPs and numerous singles. He also ran his own label called [l131540]. Additionally, he dabbled in deejay cut and sound system sessions under the name [a2787931].

Mundell's promising career was tragically cut short when he was shot while traveling in a car with Junior Reid. The circumstances surrounding his death remain unclear, with various accounts suggesting it may have been related to an argument about a fridge, revenge for a burglary, or a dispute over a woman. Regardless of the reason, Mundell's passing left a void in the world of reggae music.


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