JULY 2021. It is with great sadness and shock that we learn of the death of our brother, longstanding friend, artist and musical inspiration, Ruddy Ranks. Horace Alexander Burke born on 23 June 1958, passed away in his home on Monday 19th July 2021. He was a pillar of Kool London and had supported us in different ways.
By trade, he was a reggae musician playing several instruments but was mainly a keyboard player. He had been in a couple of bands from a young age, Santic and Black Slate. He worked with many Jamaican and English artists including Shabba Ranks. He was also a music producer at his studio, Dub House Production and New Kings Studio.
Horace was a life long friend of Eastman and his mic man. They’d been playing together on sounds from their early teens, right to the present day, playing at dancehall, jungle and D&B events. Ruddy also worked with Unity Sound in their hay day and was named The Chairman, working with Ragga Twins, Navigator and Peter Bouncer to mention a few.
Horace Burke aka Ruddy Ranks was one of life’s leaders, music was his life. God bless Ruddy R.I.P. and as Horace would say - “ Who God Bless, No Man Curse”
Kool London is hoping to raise £2,000 to go toward the funeral costs for Ruddy Ranks and to help his family at this difficult time. We are grateful to anyone who is able to donate. Thank you.