Garnett Silk, Lord Watch Over Our Shoulders, 1994
Garnett Silk is one of my top reggae singers, with his unparalleled emotive voice and conscious lyrics. His rise to fame in the early Nineties was was rapid and he was tipped to be huge, working with reggae production royalty such as Tony Rebel, Sly and Robbie and King Jammy. During that time the trend in Jamaican music leant towards aggressive explicit lyrics, Silk was the opposite, instead focusing on more traditional Rastafarian themes and the message of god.
In 1994 Garnett Silk died whilst rescuing his mother from a fire at his family home. The full story raises more questions than it answers.