Following the untimely passing of the Morgan family patriarch Denroy Morgan, a song of remembrance was created by his grandson Esh Morgan.
The track, titled “I Will Never Forget,” features Morgan heritage alongside the grandchildren of the Morgan family.
“It combines the grief of loss with the notion that the people we lose live on in our hearts, through memories,” said Ronnie Tomlinson, the Brooklyn-based, Jamaican-born entertainment publicist. “Scheduled for release, this new single is the first in the historic legacy of the Morgan family, where two generations combine.”
Esh, the son of Mojo Morgan, received the inspiration for the words and melody of the chorus from his last interaction with Denroy Morgan, just three days before his passing, Tomlinson, the chief executive officer of the New York-based Destine Media, told Caribbean Life.
“Denroy had engaged the family in a challenge to create 100 songs in 100 days, which spurred Esh to write a tribute to his grandad,” she said. “Denroy was taken by the song when Esh performed it and was even heard singing the lyrics himself.
“This last precious memory of the great Denroy Morgan is the impetus for this new single,” she added. “To continue the work left behind to the Morgan family to create good music frequently, Gramps, Peetah and Mojo have come together with their children to record and release this amazing new track.”
On Mar. 3, 2022, honorable Bishop Ras Denroy Morgan, affectionately known to the world as a musical prodigy, a pioneer and a musical perfectionist who paved the way for reggae on the international stage, passed away.
His children, who later became known as Morgan Heritage, continued his musical work by becoming known for their award-winning music, and massive singles like “Don’t Haffi Dread”, “Down By The River”, “Tell Me How Come” and “Sunday Morning”.
Tomlinson said stellar albums like Grammy nominated “Avrakadebra”, “Strictly Roots”, which won for Grammys best Reggae album in 2016 and most recently released “Legacy”, have “helped to cement their space in Jamaican music history.”
Originally made up by five of Denroy Morgan’s very talented children, Morgan Heritage the band is now composed of Roy “Gramps” Morgan, Peter “Peetah” Morgan and Memmalatel “Mr. Mojo” Morgan, who are considered The Trinity.
Reflecting on his life and work Jamaica Culture Minister Olivia Grange said, “Many do not know of Denroy Morgan’s work and activism outside of his music.
“But there was so much more to him, which makes his loss to us that much greater”, she added.
Tomlinson said “I Will Never Forget” is “an ode to the irreplaceable father figure of their family.
“Although he is no longer with us in this realm, his soul will continue to guide and inspire us,” said the Morgan Family in a statement. “He will live on in us, his grandchildren and his great grandchildren. His legacy will live on forever.
“We would like to extend our deepest appreciation to every single one of you for the outpouring of love from around the world,” they added. “We thank you for your continued prayers, and just know that all the love you’ve shown him over the years he loved you back, and we thank you.”