Frankie Paul was dubbed the Jamiacan Stevie Wonder early in his career. He was born blind yet gained a small visual capacity following an eye operation. Like Stevie, Frankie also played the keyboard and various other instruments. Born in 1965, Frankie came from the generation of Jamaican children born after Independence. Frankie ‘Dancehall’ Paul was part of the computerized age of Jamaican popular music evident in many of his popular songs, including Casanova, Head to Toe, Sarah and Shame Dem.
Some of his most successful recordings included ‘Worries in The Dance’, ‘Big and Ready’ with rapper Heavy D and Supercat, ‘Kushumpeng’ and ‘Alicia’. Frankie Paul recorded his first single, “African Princess,” in 1980, when he was just 15 years old.
As news of Frankie Paul’s death emerged, David Rodigan, tweeted “His incomparable voice and songs are his legacy.” Shaggy posted a clip of Paul during his last appearance Irie FM saying; “We have lost one of our biggest voices in Dance Hall/Reggae today! #FrankiePaul R.I.P Frankie Condolences to the family.”Dancehall DJ Tony Matterhorn posted a video on his Instagram page with the caption”… greatest #soundkillerartist and one of the legend(s) who ran the dancehall for decades”