Carrot Jarrett's always around

Observer senior writer

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

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The Jamaica Observer continues its reflection on the year in entertainment. This daily column looks on the achievers, trendsetters, those who died, and the controversies.

When it came to sound, Third World were always considered more eclectic than their rootsy counterparts such as The Wailers. The band's percussionist, Irvin “Carrot” Jarrett, was even more unique.

Jarrett was a member of the band's classic line-up of that decade. He played on their self-titled 1976 debut album, as well as Journey to Addis, the 1978 set that yielded the monster hit Now That We Found Love.

He died on August 1 at age 69. Jarrett was still seen in music circles, but in recent years had established himself as a leading figure in Jamaica's holistic community, and hosted the programme Living Well on Radio Jamaica.

His ex-wife, Gina Alder-Jarrett, remembers him as a disciplined health practitioner.

“What stood out most about him for me was his commitment to his routines and the discipline that governed how he cared for his body. Irvin was one of the few Rastas that I knew who was completely drug-free,” she said. “No alcohol, no weed, nothing processed. He had a daily routine of meditation and exercise and no matter what was going on around him, he found the time to complete his routine.”

Jarrett was not a prolific writer, but he composed the ballad Always Around, one of Third World's most popular songs. The birth of his son Zuar Ard inspired the song which is from The Story's Been Told, the band's 1979 album.

The slender Jarrett left Third World in the late 1980s to dedicate his life to wellness.

On August 10, family, friends and colleagues celebrated his legacy with an event at Edna College of the Visual and Performing Arts in St Andrew. Stephen “Cat” Coore, his former Third World bandmate, Half Pint, Bongo Herman, Wayne Marshall and the L'Acadco dancers, were some of the performers.

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