The pioneering jungle and drum’n’bass MC has passed away aged 54.
The news was confirmed by the late MC’s family yesterday (27 February) via his social media channels. “Hello everyone, as Alphonso’s first-born, I unfortunately come some with sad news to say that Skibadee has passed away,” reads the statement. “As a family, we ask for some privacy, but may he rest in peace.” [sic]
The London-born MC, real name Alphonso Bondzie, launched his career in 1993 and became a prominent voice in the UK rave scene. He also formed part of renowned drum’n’bass outfit SASASAS, alongside Shabba D, Harry Shotta, Stormin, DJ Phantasy and Macky Gee, who shared their tribute to Bondzie via Facebook.
Following the news shared by Skibadee’s family yesterday afternoon, peers and fans of the MC have been paying their respects online, including former So Solid Crew singer Lisa Maffia, Mary Anne Hobbs and DJ Fresh.
See a selection of the many tributes shared below. We will update this story when we have more information.
fucking hell. I didn’t want to believe it but seems an official post went up on his fb again.. RIP Skibadee, an icon of Jungle D&B who inspired countless MCs in many genres. really awful news, love & condolences to his family & close friends 🖤
— Flight (@DJFlight) February 27, 2022
Not to sure what to say! Another pioneer gone!
My heart goes out to your beautiful daughters, family and friends. DnB finest @TheRealSkibz I’m sorry to hear this news. Rest well sir 🙏🏽💫 #skiba #RIP pic.twitter.com/FvYuMLgCwJ
— LISA MAFFIA (@Lisamaffiauk) February 27, 2022
— maryanne hobbs (@maryannehobbs) February 27, 2022
💔 Incredibly sad news. Rest in peace Skibadee. Can’t believe it 😢 pic.twitter.com/BtxAQtAL3s
— RAM Records (@RAMrecordsltd) February 27, 2022
I cannot believe I’m writing this. RIP @TheRealSkibz MC Skibadee. His contribution to Drum and Bass can never be equaled. He was first and foremost a great guy I always really enjoyed spending time with. Goodbye old friend, we will keep your memory alive forever.
— DJ Fresh (@DJFreshUK) February 27, 2022
Skibadee was your favourite MC’s favourite MC’s favourite MC.
I think he was the first person I ever heard MC, and I’m sure that would be the same for a lot of people my age.
Can’t underestimate the foundations that guy built for everything we’ve had since then.
— Plastician / Stish (@Plastician) February 27, 2022
We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Legendary & trailblazing Jungle and Drum’n’Bass MC Skibadee 🌹🙏🏾 Our hearts go out to his family, friends and fans during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/2IL3Qvuzgu
— MOBO (@MOBOAwards) February 28, 2022