Lloyd ‘Gitsy’ Willis

Multi Instrumentalist born Lloyd Willis better known as “Gitsy” was a one time member of Sly & Robbie’s Taxi Gang. 

Having played on hits for a veritable Who’s Who of Reggae including the likes of Dennis Brown, Horace Andy, Alpha Blondy, Junior Reid, Culture, Yellowman, Jimmy Cliff and many many more, his star really shone when he initiated the now seminal Santa Barbara Riddim track with Sly Dunbar. It was that sound, infusing a drum sound found by Dunbar at a Pocomania session (traditional Jamaican religious ceremony) that resulted in the Riddim track that Chaka Demus & Pliers would deliver their classic, ‘Murder She Wrote’. As at 2018 the track had been sampled in at least 50 successful recordings garnering a number of hits and awards through the likes of Nicki Minaj, French Montana, Krept & Konan, Stefflon Don, DJ Khaled And more.

As a songwriter, the soft spoken, unassuming Gitsy also contributed to the likes of Dennis Brown, Beres Hammond & John Holt.

In October 2021 Gitsy succumbed to kidney failure leaving a veritable Library of hits as a legacy.

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