Chin was a leading reggae producer and also A&R for VP Records. During his short lived 35 years on earth, he was very instrumental in the careers and growth of Jamaican artistes such as Sean Paul, Etana, Elephant Man, Beenie Man and many more.
The funeral held yesterday was a rainy affair, but that did not stop the scores of entertainment industry representatives from attending the Joel Chin’s funeral.
Among those gathered at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in downtown Kingston was former Prime Minister Edward Seaga, entertainers Sean Paul, Nadine Sutherland, Gyptian, Mr Lexx, Tanto Mentro, Devonte, Stephen and Chino McGregor, Alaine, Courtney John, Freddie McGregor and Carlene Davis. Other members of the reggae fraternity included Clyde McKenzie, Donovan Germain, Mikey Bennett, Desi Young, Tad Dawkins, Jerome Hamilton, Tommy Cowan, Winston ‘Wee Pow’ Powell and Joe Bogdonivich.
A special tribute was also conducted in Chin’s honor with performances from Duane Stephenson who soulfully belted Jimmy Cliff’s Many Rivers To Cross, Etana who sang Free, but it was the words from Freddie McGregor’s song Somewhere that effectively captured the reality of what was taking place.
Joel Chin is survived by a host of family and friends including his six-week-old daughter Maya Juliana.