Today is a sad day in the Los Angeles music scene as our favorite man of music, Reggae Pops has passed away. We knew the day was was coming, but it’s still so hard to finally see that day come.
Our photographer, Farah Sosa knew Reggae Pops very well, as he was at just about every event she was covering. This Sunday would have been his 71st birthday. Reggae Pops had stage four pancreatic cancer and seemed to be doing better a month ago, but after an unfortunate hit-and-run accident his health took a turn for the worse. Farah shared with us Reggae Pops’ favorite quote: “May the almighty bless with a wonderful life filled with plenty good.” Now that’ some wise words to live by.
I remember the first time I met Reggae Pops. It was at the Silverlake Jubilee in 2012 and my girlfriends and I were having a blast dancing. Naturally, being the charming and lively awesome old man that he was, Reggae Pops immediately gravitated towards us and started to bust a move with us. The old man had some serious moves and grooves, and such a beautiful aura radiating about him. This man loved music, meeting new people, and he is the perfect example of how one should celebrate life. If you frequent the L.A. underground music scene, any reggae and Latin events and / or Subsuelo — we’re sure you’ve been blessed with meeting Reggae Pops. If so, share your memory by commenting below about the first time you met or saw Reggae Pops.
R.I.P. Reggae Pops, and keep on smiling and dancing in the beautiful afterlife.
Reggae Pops at the UCLA Jazz and Reggae Fest — Photo by Farah Sosa
Reggae Pops at Nick Waterhouse and Boogaloo Assassins at Santa Monica Pier — Photos by Farah Sosa