The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange has expressed shock and sadness at the death of entertainment entrepreneur Walt Crooks.
Minister’s Statement follows:
“Walt Crooks was part of a special team that believed that Montego Bay as
a tourist destination should benefit from high class entertainment. Even
while there were major annual events that took the spotlight, he offered
year-round entertainment at his club, Disco Inferno, and hosted almost all
of the big names in Reggae music as well as foreign acts. Disco Inferno
helped to set the standard for night time club entertainment and also did
very well as a live music venue.
Walt was part of the team that started Reggae Sumfest and was very committed to its growth and development.
I must pay tribute to him for his visionary approach to the music industry and his desire to see music evolve from just an art form into economic commodity that has benefitted so many people in Western Jamaica and beyond.
He will be sorely missed.”
Mr Crooks died on Friday. He was 69.