Tony Ray (reggae musician)

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Tony Ray
Background information
Birth name Raymond Anthony Forbes
Born April 19, 1949
Origin Kingston, Jamaica[1]
Genres Reggae, soul, ska, dancehall
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Vocals, bass, drums
Years active 1968–present
Labels NMC Music, Japka Production

Tony Ray (Hebrew: טוני ריי‎‎; born in Kingston, Jamaica) is a Jamaican-Israeli musician. He is most noted as being the pioneer of Reggae in Israel as he released I Feel Like Reggae in 1981 which was the first full-length reggae album in the country.[2][3]


In 1963 Tony Ray moved with his family to Bristol and there he started to be involved with music. His first band was The Lurks, he played the bass and was the vocalist of the band. Later on he played with The Cocktails and toured in Europe and the Middle East.[citation needed]

In 1970 he relocated to Tel Aviv after a tour in Israel with The Cocktails. In 1981 he released his debut album which had songs both in English and Hebrew, the album received medium success.[4] Since then he has released seven more albums[5] and in 1998 he opened the Rasta Club in Tel Aviv, which is one of the only clubs in Israel dedicated for Reggae music.[citation needed]

In 1986 Ray and his band had a brief appearance in the film Alex Holeh Ahavah. He also was a musical guest on the sketch comedy TV series Zehu Ze!.[6][7] Tony had a small role in an episode at the third season of Shemesh.[8]


  • 1981 I Feel Like Reggae
  • 1985 Burn de Wicked Man
  • 1987 Reggae Man
  • 1990 Do De Reggae
  • 1995 Drive Me Crazy
  • 2007 The Voice of Jamaica
  • 2013 Children of the World
  • 2015 No More Wars


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