RIP Vaughn Benjamin – Akae Beka, Midnite

Written by Red Carpet Shelley. Posted in Caribbean Entertainment News, Caribbean News

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Published on November 05, 2019 with No Comments

While every death causes consternation and sadness among loved ones, some are more of a shock to us than others. Especially when it comes as unexpected as the passing of Vaughn Benjamin, legendary singer and songwriter of Midnite, who adopted the new name Akae Beka in 2015. Just two weeks ago, well known agent/booker Mark Miller offered dates for an extensive European Tour planned for 2020, so there was no sign of any ailment or cause for concern.

The circumstances of Benjamin‘s death are not known as yet, but the mournful fact itself was shared by Yared Tekeste of the Uppsala Reggae Festival, who was able to confirm it with Laurent “Tippy I” Alfred from I Grade Records.

We will inform you as soon as we have more details. What is clear is that the loss of Vaughn Benjamin is a terrible one, as his words of consciousness, upliftment, concern and hope were a pillar of truth and faith in the turmoils of our modern world.

Born and raised on the calm shores of St. Croix, Virgin Islands, this exceptionally gifted man and his brother Ron Benjamin founded in 1989 what was to become one of the most influential modern Roots Reggae bands: Midnite. Following the release of their debut album Unpolished in 1997, and especially Ras Mek Peace in 1999, the artist’s clever use of words, deep insights into human and spiritual matters as well as the melodious flow of his fellow musicians soon cemented their reputation, and a growing fanbase followed their rise and celebrated their meditative live performances. 55+ releases gave people around the world a lot to think about: he treated every subject thoroughly, chanting about the oppressed, political, economic and social issues as well as love and the full-hearted dedication to Jah. This work was continued under the new name Akae Beka with 11 releases, the last one Mek A Menshun having just appeared in July this year (Zion High Productions).

Thank you for the teachings, Vaughn – continue to shine in Zion!





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