- Renowned Jamaican audio engineer, Barry O'Hare, who produced hits for Shaggy and Sean Paul, dies of COVID-19 complications.
The Dancehall community is now mourning the death of renowned Jamaican music and audio engineer, Barry O’Hare.
The 56-year-old music veteran passed away on September 19 at the University Hospital of the West Indies in St Andrew, where he was admitted after showing COVID-19 symptoms.
Barry O’Hare was much revered in the entertainment industry for his work, both in-studio as well as mega stage show productions.
Throughout his career, O’Hare has worked with many of Jamaica’s greatest entertainers, including Tanya Stephens, Diana King, Yami Bolo, Jack Radics, Prezident Brown, Mikey Spice, Morgan Heritage, Shaggy, Sean Paul, Beres Hammond, Third World, Burning Spear, among others.
He was notably the engineer for Spear’s Grammy-winning album, “Calling Rastafari,” in 2000. In 2018, he was recognized by the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) for his contribution to the growth and development of reggae music.
Barry O’Hare is survived by a wife and two children.
Tributes to the engineer came from several entertainers, including Reggae singer Tanya Stephens who shared a video clip of herself in the studio with O’Hare.
Shaggy tributed O’Hare in an Instagram post, calling him a lifelong friend.
“Woke up today to some sad news. Lost our dear brother @barry_ohare_jamaica. Barry was my engineer’ and a great guy, he was instrumental in helping to establish shaggy and friends especially on the technical side, and engineered a lot of the shows, we toured together for years, he made us sound great night after nights. Thank you for your friendship your talent and love! Rest well my brother R.I.P. condolences to his family,” the “Boombastic” singer captioned the post.
Other music professionals, including Bulby York, Shelly-Ann Curran, Ce’Cile, and Nadine Sutherland, shared their condolences.
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