I had the pleasure of meeting Barrington Levy the day after he supported Slightly Stoopid at the Republik in Honolulu, Hawai’i back in 2013. He met is island fans for coffee at the local coffee house/smoke shop, Smokey’s.
The way he spreads his positive energy with a willingness to meet anyone and everyone has set him apart as one of the most humble artist’s I have spoken to while writing for The Pier.
[Related: Live: Slightly Stoopid & Barrington Levy 11-15-13]
Levy was recently diagnosed with Dengue Fever and hospitalized after a frightening collapse. Fans unfortunately missed the dancehall legend share the stage with Damian & Stephen Marley in Santa Barbara for the Catch A Fire Tour on Sept. 27, 2015 before the incident. Fans and musical colleagues alike took to social media to send positive thoughts and blessings to the singer.
He was released into the loving care of his family and friends and is recuperating after just over one week in intensive care. Levy had much gratitude in a Facebook post yesterday saying, “Thanks for all the prayers and for all the well wishers, especially YOU THE FANS.”
Musicians do not collect sick pay or receive sick time. When they are out of commission, their livelihood is put on hold. You will not find the classy Jamaican with a Kickstarter campaign or asking us to “go fund him” to make up for lost time; however, there are still ways to support your reggae scene.
Levy released an acoustic album on May 5, 2015 and if you have not purchased it yet, you will not be disappointed. What better way to help out an incredible live performer?
Everyone here at The Pier wishes Barrington Levy a speedy recovery and hope you can get back on the road spreading your music to the masses soon!
You can purchase Acousticalevy by clicking HERE!
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Article by Blake Taylor
LISTEN: Barrington Levy – “Only You” (Acoustic):