Blakdyak, Filipino reggae artist and comedian, Died at 46

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Blakdyak (birth-name Joseph Amoto-Formaran) was born on July 25, 1969, in Olongapo City, Zambales, Philippines and died on November 21, 2016.

He was a former Filipino singer-comedian, he was “The King of Pinoy Reggae”.

His music is reggae with ska and spiced up with novelty. “It must have something to do with my roots,” he justifies the strong liking for reggae.

His American serviceman- father (who was once stationed in subic Naval Base in Olongapo City where he met Joey’s mother) is half- Jamaican.

Reggae beat was born on the island of Jamaica.

He began singing in high school in Castillejos, Zambales (Philippines).

Blakdyak began to earn money from singing when some comedian-performers included him in their shows performing in provinces.

Blakdyak soon migrated to Manila and formed his own band.

During 1997, Viva Records discovered the Rastafari guy and immediately signed him up to do an album.

He made a chart-topping singles “Good Boy” and “Noon at Ngayon”, Blakdyak has become the first local solo reggae act to achieve tremendous success in the entertainment field.

Joseph Amoto-Formaran was married to non-showbiz wife Twinkle Estanislao-Formaran and his daughter.

He died in Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines.

Joseph Amoto-Formaran ( Blakdyak ) passed away at 46 years olds.