Tributes to Major, much-loved producer dubbed ‘Godfather of Birmingham music’ – Birmingham Live

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Tributes are pouring in for Birmingham music producer Major, who had helped the careers of many Birmingham grime artists.

The much-loved brother of reggae singer Pato Banton died on Thursday following an illness.

The producer and mentor, from Balsall Heath, was aged in his 50s and had worked with many youths across the city in music.

Huge numbers of tributes were today being paid to the man dubbed the ‘Godfather of Birmingham music’.

Friend Grantley Haynes, CEO of Grantley records, said: “Major was an inspiration. he was very, very loyal. A gentleman.

“He was a youth worker and inspired the young people he worked with at Matthew Boulton College and the Pump. He was a friend.”

Alison in Joshua's bedroom

Alison Cope, the mother of murdered grime star Joshua Ribera, said: “He was a huge influence to many young people across Birmingham. A true gentleman and positive.

“He was one of the first people to help my son and he helped may many people for many years.

“He was respected, loved and there for many people.”

Many took to social media to pay their respects.

JR2 Media tweeted: “Heaven gained a Birmingham legend today.

“Thank you for the inspiration over the years. Rest up there with your friend big man and make some bangers.”

RIPCARMEN wrote: “Today we lost a very important person in Birmingham (Broken heart) The glue & superhero to most mcs in brum.

“A good hearted man that always helped everyone 1st Red heart when I was younger he let me record in his studio & taught me so much without even knowing it.T

“his loss has burnt me #RIPMAJOR Crown.”

DJ Dougie Fresh posted : “Ahhh man #RIPMAJOR, a real pillar and legend of the Birmingham music scene! Rest easy.”

Mayhem Nodb said: “RIP MAJOR …. REAL BIRMINGHAM LEGEND. YOU WILL BE MISSED.”

Oaklands Birmingham Youth Service wrote: “Major touched the lives of countless young people across Birmingham. His legacy will live on in those he loved and supported. RISE IN ETERNAL GLORY Major.”

Concord Youth Centre said: “Saddened to hear the loss of Bham Youth Service’s finest music educator & youth worker.

“He was connected with many youth centres across the city including @ConcordCentre Nurtured & Inspired many young people. May you Rest in Eternal Peace.

“Thoughts are with you & your family.”

Fateh Singh posted: “Major kept me off the streets & gave us a space to create, he wouldn’t even charge a fee

“He taught me about Babylon & encouraged me to connect to my roots.

“Believe it or not he had a massive role in me getting closer to Sikhi.

“Love Major, I’ll never forget our reasonings King.”

Producer and radio presenter Heckle King said: “I always said this man deserved a knighthood – the world will never understand how many lives this man directly saved!!!

“How many ghetto youth would be in jail if it weren’t for him. How much people ate because of him. How many people thrived because of him.”