Del-Rickie Carter, guitarist and musician, passed away July 10th, 2007 at the age of 53. He was found in his room in Berkeley – the exact cause of his death is unknown. A memorial was held at Ashkenaz in Berkeley on Sunday August 26th, 2007.
Del grew up in Berkeley California and was a masterful musician with a deep spirit. He was born March 11th, 1954 and attended Berkeley High School where he studied music. As a guitarist, Del performed with many reggae and blues groups and was admired for his very tight rhythm and great tone. He recorded with the Rastafarians, Haile Maskel and numerous other well known artists. He also toured with the reggae band Strictly Roots and performed with Obeyjah, Razorblade, Donny Rasta and was a member of the band Mystic Tribe.
I had the privilege of personally working with Del in Mystic Tribe for the past 5 years. Del spent a large amount of time at the studio in his last few years rehearsing, recording, writing songs. I, as well as his fellow musicians, greatly respected him for his vast knowledge and solid understanding of music and rhythm. When Del talked, we listened.
Del was a very kind man with a lot of soul who experienced many hardships. He touched us very deeply and will live forever in our hearts. Del – we miss you!