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Guitarist Carl Perkins is dead

Entertainment News Written by  Wednesday, 16 May 2018 07:35 font size decrease font size increase font size 0
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Carl Perkins, founder and guitarist of New Zealand reggae band House Of Shem, died on May 9 at age 59. A post on their Facebook page gave bowel cancer as the cause of death.


Known as Papa Carl, Perkins was a foundation figure in Kiwi reggae. He became a disciple of reggae music after attending Bob Marley's concert at Western Springs Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand, in April 1979.


He formed three reggae bands that made a mark in that country: Herbs, Mana, and House Of Shem. The latter was the most successful, as it earned a following throughout the Pacific and Australia through extensive touring.


The band included Perkins' sons Te Omeka on vocals and Isaiah who also sang and played keyboards.

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