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Jah Ruby

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JAH RUBY: friend of Jamaica’s famous Balford Henry, Staff Reporter After 28 years in the music business, entertainer Jah Ruby (Everald Metcalf) best remembers his childhood friendship with the late Bob Marley; memories like: Marley living at Oxford Street in West Kingston, while he lived nearby at the corner of Charles Street and Spanish Town Road; going to the once famous inner-city swimming area known as Hot And Cold, near the Jamaica Public Service Company’s plant at the old Foreshore Road (Marcus Garvey Drive); calling Marley, ‘white boy’ and going with him to Seprod to collect copra. “We used to stop at a place called Grand Ma Joint, when we left Hot and Cold, to eat corn bread, pudding and a mixture of milk and syrup. I never forget the day Bob ate all the pudding and everybody wanted to beat him up,” he recalled. Ruby said he introduced Marley to Derrick Morgan, when they were only teenagers. He even remembered the first car Marley owned - “a cream coloured Vauxhall Viva.” Marley went on to become one of the world’s biggest pop stars, but the multi-talented Ruby is still struggling to reach the top. He has been residing in the United States for the past 17 years and has so many stories to tell about his colourful times with reggae acts like Barrington Levy, Jah Thomas, Gregory Isaacs, the Melodians, Ken Boothe, John Holt and Little John. Ruby has been working closely of late with overseas-based Jamaican promoters like Danny Selassie’s Mystic Vibes Productions.

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