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Except for the reggae connoisseur, the name Junior ‘Chubby’ Byles may not ring a bell. This was not the case in the ‘70s, when the songs of this iconic Jamaican were a must-play at parties. These include Curly Locks,Vanity andFade Away. “When Byles touched the stage, the place turn up. Byles’ music was as powerful as Bob Marley and Dennis Brown’s in them days.” Today, he is a far cry from that man. He is diagnosed with mental illness and has an enlarged prostate. The concert was listed on the official Reggae Month calendar, marked with performances by artistes from Jamaica to Africa, and the presentation of a Life Time Achievement Award. Flanked by members of his family, Byles accepted the award from South African vocalist Jessica MBangemi. Byles said “thank you”, and then waved to the audience. In the absence of the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports Olivia Grange, the citation was done by Byles’ daughter. After the reading, she told the audience that the family was deeply humbled by the turnout. Proceeds from the concert are to go towards Byles treatment.