Jamaican musician, songwriter and deejay Purpleman passed away on August 14 at the Kingston Public Hospital from heart-related illness. Purpleman was born Anthony Jones on the 4th of January 1962 from the Clones District in Manchester, he was 58 when he died.
Purpleman was a member of the Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes’ Volcano Records camp in the 1980s and he often attended dances held in Waterhouse during the 1970s where he would mainly perform on the King Jammy’s, Lee’s Unlimited and Jack Ruby sound systems
The peak of his career was in the mid-1980s when dancehall was dominated by a flurry of hit songs by Yellowman and Barrington Levy. The Yellow, The Purple & The Nancy the 1982 album is still a favorite in the UK. Three years ago Purpleman released his album Dancehall General. Purpleman was one of three albino deejays in the 1980s along with Yellowman and King Mellow Yellow.
Purpleman was survived by his daughter, mother, seven grandchildren, three brothers and six sisters.