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JAMAICA | Phillips, Grange mourn death of Irving 'Carrot' Jarrett

Featured Former member of Third World Band and latterly a Naturopathic Health Practitioner, ”Irvin “Carrot” Jarrett. Former member of Third World Band and latterly a Naturopathic Health Practitioner, ”Irvin “Carrot” Jarrett.
Kingston, July 31 – Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport,  Olivia Grange, says “a cloud of sorrow has settled over the music fraternity and those in health care, in particular, with the sudden passing today of Irvin “Carrot” Jarrett, former member of Third World Band and latterly a Naturopathic Health Practitioner.”

Minister Grange said that shortly after she was informed of Jarrett’s death, she spoke with his wife, Alicia, who said she wanted everyone to know he “was at peace”.

Minister Grange said that Jarett, who was regarded as one of the world’s foremost percussionists and performers, and who had charted courses in Integrative Health Healing and Wellness for the past two decades, would leave a void difficult to fill.

“This is so because wrapped in “Carrot” was a percussionist, singer, drummer, dancer, performer, concert producer, inventor, songwriter, painter and teacher. 

 “Carrot” was just so talented, knowledgeable and helpful to scores of people. I was a faithful member of his radio audience on a Thursday night and would look forward to the advice that he and his dear Alicia shared with the public.

Minister Grange recalled that he was one of the original members of Third World, assisting the Band to establish itself and staying with it for 16 years until his departure in 1989.

“Carrot’s talent no doubt contributed to Third World becoming what has been described asmore than just one of the top Reggae bands of all time but an institution that held firm to the cultural and ancestral roots of its members while pushing forward the cutting edge of music worldwide. An institution whose themes are positive, progressive and internationally relevant. 

“Irvin “Carrot” once said ‘I would like to be known as a positive potent power to those whose lives I’ve touched while leaving a worthwhile legacy that will triumph over the rigours of space and time.’”

“I express my deepest sympathy to Carrot’s family, his relatives, his friends, his associates, the music fraternity and the health care fraternity. May his soul find rest Eternally.  

In the meantime, Leader of the Opposition Dr Peter Phillips has also expressed sadness and shock at the untimely death of noted musician Irvin ‘Carrot' Jarrett.

Dr Phillips in a press release today,  lauded  the tremendous contribution of ‘Carrot' Jarrett to the development of modern Jamaican music. 

He said Jarrett was more than a musician, he was a producer, song writer and radio presenter who has been a stalwart in the industry from his days with Inner Circle and later the Grammy winning Third World band. 

“The work of these movements was more than music, it was an affirmation of who we are as a people and Carrot was a central figure in that effort.” Dr. Phillips said. 

Jarrett, who died today, was also one of the musicians behind the work of the National Dance Theatre Company. 

“Carrot was a man who also believed in the healing power of music and saw it as a gift that should be shared globally. He was relentless in making himself available to assist others with their craft. For him, it was more than playing an instrument or singing a song, it was connecting with others in a real and meaningful way.  Carrot was a man who was humble and willing to go the extra mile to ensure excellence. He will certainly be missed.” Dr Phillips declared. 

“I offer my deepest condolences to his family and friends, ” said Dr. Phillips.
Last modified onWednesday, 01 August 2018 08:58
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