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Papa Dom of Tropical Depression dies

Posted at | Updated as of 12/12/14 1:21 AM

Tropical Depression vocalist Dominic "Papa Dom" Gamboa. Photo by Melvin Cariaga of rockshootlisten.com from the late musician's Facebook page

MANILA -- Dominic "Papa Dom" Gamboa, the founding member and vocalist of the '90s reggae band Tropical Depression, died on Wednesday, the Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM) said.

Gamboa's family has requested privacy at this time. They have yet to disclose the cause of the singer's death. No details regarding the wake has been announced.

OPM confirmed Gamboa's passing on Wednesday afternoon, according to a post on the Philippine Daily Inquirer's Twitter page.

Gamboa, whose career spanned over two decades, is credited for popularizing reggae in the local music scene. His band, Tropical Depression, was known for incorporating Philippine indigenous instruments with its music.

The group produced four albums between 1993 and 2004, including "Kapayapaan." Tropical Depression was also composed of Pexx Holigores, Lito Crisostomo, TJ Espinola, Mike Llacar, Omnie Saroca, and Lala Lejeune.