Wednesday 23 October, 2019

Reggae fraternity mourns loss of guitarist 'Bo Pee'

Winston ‘Bo Pee’ Bowen

Winston ‘Bo Pee’ Bowen

The reggae music fraternity has been thrown in mourning with the passing of veteran lead guitarist, Winston ‘Bo Pee’ Bowen on Tuesday morning.

Bowen died as a result of a heart attack which he suffered at his home in Jamaica at about 4:00 am. He was 62.

He is survived by six children and his wife.

His son Giovanni was devastated at his father’s passing but tried to put on a brave countenance despite the tragedy.

“We are trying to be strong right now because it is kinda rough,” he said.

Bowen reportedly awoke early and was preparing to go for his daily early morning jog when he started complaining of difficulty breathing and feeling cold. He was rushed to hospital where medical staff tried to revive him but their efforts were in vain and he made his transition.

Winston ‘Bo Pee’ Bowen was one of reggae's premier lead guitarists who toured extensively, bringing the positive side of Jamaica’s culture to the four corners of the earth.

He played alongside saxophonist Dean Fraser in the 809 Band with Lloyd Parkes and We The People, Uprising Roots and Inna Di Yard alongside Winston McAnuff and Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith.

He also recorded a single on the Inna Di Yard label entitled 'Give Thanks and Praise'.

Social media was abuzz with several members of the reggae fraternity expressing shock and offering condolences to his loved ones.

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