Bass player and founding Carribean member of International Afro-Rock band Osibisa, Spartacus passed away on Friday the 30th of July 2010 at Kings College Hospital, London. His exact cause of death remains unclear despite his recent battle with a rare form of blood cancer known as Acute Myeloid Leukaemia.
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Spartacus was born in Aruba, Grenada and came to London in 1960.
He began his musical career in 1969 as founding member of Osibisa, where he played Bass guitar, percussion and vocals he also wrote, co-wrote and produced many of the songs on the bands first 3 albums Osibisa, Woyaya and Heads.
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An accomplished and multitalented musician his skills as a singer, bass, electric and acoustic guitarist, percussionist, songwriter and producer meant he would often contribute to the musical work of other artists sometimes without any credit at all.
His beliefs about love, life, freedom, oppression and african identity can be heard in the songs that he wrote.
He continued to explore these themes more recently as an author, with books he wrote and published himself on Sukisa Publications Love and Life: a Selection of Poems Songs and Thoughts from Spartacus R,
Human Value: Occupation as an Educational Strategy for Liberation, Violation: A Look at Non-Physical Violence in Relationships, The Maat Mystery.
His entrepreneurial spirit led him to become editor of Global Africa Pocket News (GAP News) a pocket sized global african news magazine and co-founder of GAP Radio and www.globalafrica.com the online african self help network.
Never afraid to speak his truth he earned the moniker of "Truthsayer" sharing his thoughts and opinions by contributing to and establishing various humanitarian and political movements during his lifetime. His overall message being that of african unity and liberation.
Often critisised for his confrontational style of debate, and unconventional ideas, he remained passionate about the way forward for africans in global and local community settings despite several attempts on his life.
Spartacus was dedicated to the belief that honest communication was the key to resolving most conflict.
He also believed that a deeper awareness and knowledge of ones self, would ultimately lead to self determination and revolution.
Spartacus was an outspoken, complex and unforgettable character, a man who's worldy contributions via music, spoken word, politics, philosophical writing, debate and physical action will always be remembered by those that knew him, respected him and loved him.
He is survived by 5 brothers and sisters, 8 children and 5 grandchildren. May the anscestors guide, bless and protect his soul, spirit and legacy. A True African Warrior...You will be missed greatly RIP SPARTACUS R