Jamaican music legend Winston “Merritone” Blake dies

Winston 'Merritone' Blake

Music legend died from health complications

Winston ‘Merritone’ Blake, a well-known music producer who helped launch the careers of Jamaican entertainers including Beres Hammond died early Saturday at the University Hospital of the West Indies.

Blake, who suffered a stroke last month, was recuperating at home. However, on Wednesday he was admitted to hospital after complaining of not feeling well. He died on Saturday at 5:30 am from health complications.

Winston, was one of the famous Blake brothers who founded Merritone Music and the Merritone sound was the first Jamaican Sound System to take local music to cities such as London, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, New York, Hartford, Toronto, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Boston, Seattle, and Washington D.C.

Blake and his brothers made a huge impact on the local music industry as sound system operator, club owner and organizer of the popular Merritone Amateur Talent contest .

Blake who was awarded the Order of Distinction by the Jamaican Government in 1995, is survived by brothers Trevor and Monty, children and grandchildren.

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