Thursday 23 May, 2019

Grange expresses sorrow at 'Carrot' Jarrett's passing

Irwin 'Carrot' Jarrett (PHOTO: Facebook)

Irwin 'Carrot' Jarrett (PHOTO: Facebook)

The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, has expressed sadness at the news of the sudden passing of former Third World band member, Irvin ‘Carrot’ Jarrett.

Jarrett was reportedly found dead at his home on Tuesday morning. His death was confirmed by wife Alisia.

Grange said “a cloud of sorrow has settled over the music fraternity and those in health care, in particular, with the sudden passing today of Irvin 'Carrot' Jarrett, former member of Third World Band and latterly a Naturopathic Health Practitioner.”

The Minister said shortly after she was informed of Jarrett’s death, she spoke with his wife who said she wanted everyone to know he “was at peace”.

Minister Grange said that Jarett, who was regarded as one of the world’s foremost percussionists and performers, and who had charted courses in Integrative Health Healing and Wellness for the past two decades, would leave a void difficult to fill.

“This is so because wrapped in 'Carrot' was a percussionist, singer, drummer, dancer, performer, concert producer, inventor, songwriter, painter and teacher. 

"'Carrot' was just so talented, knowledgeable and helpful to scores of people. I was a faithful member of his radio audience on a Thursday night and would look forward to the advice that he and his dear Alisia shared with the public," Grange said.

Minister Grange recalled that he was one of the original members of Third World, assisting the band to establish itself and staying with it for 16 years until his departure in 1989.

“Carrot’s talent no doubt contributed to Third World becoming what has been described as more than just one of the top reggae bands of all time but an institution that held firm to the cultural and ancestral roots of its members while pushing forward the cutting edge of music worldwide. An institution whose themes are positive, progressive and internationally relevant," Grange said.

Grange recalled that ‘Carrot’ once said "I would like to be known as a positive potent power to those whose lives I’ve touched, while leaving a worthwhile legacy that will triumph over the rigours of space and time."

She has expressed condolences to Carrot’s family, his relatives, his friends, his associates, the music fraternity and the health care fraternity.

Jarrett played on some of Third World’s biggest hits including 96 Degrees in the Shade, Always Around, and Now That We Found Love.

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