The Passing of ‘Tata’ Ford


The Honourable Olivia “Babsy” Grange, Minister of information, Culture, Youth and Sports has expressed regret at the death of Vincent “Tata” Ford, known to have been a close associate of Reggae icon, Bob Marley and who was author/composer of one of Bob’s greatest hits, No Woman No Cry.
“As the Minister with portfolio responsibility for music and entertainment, I was saddened to learn of the death of “Tata” Ford, who was the latest of a magnificent group of music and entertainment personalities, to pass during 2008,” Miss Grange said.
The Minister described “Tata” as a brave, kind and creative person who did not allow his illness to prevent him from providing support to Bob Marley and using his creativity to pen No Woman no Cry and other Marley songs such as Positive Vibration, Roots, Rock Reggae and Crazy Baldhead.
Minister Grange said that Vincent “Tata” Ford was a fine example of that breed of Jamaican who would not allow station or circumstances to prevent them from doing their part to enrich the lives of others while contributing in their chosen field.
“As I extend condolences on behalf of the Government to the family and friends of “Tata” Ford, I say thanks for the efforts of every one who continues to make a positive contribution not only to the development of our music but to all aspects of Jamaican culture.”

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