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Prince Far I (1945September 15, 1983), born Michael James Williams, was a reggae toaster and producer and a Rastafarian who was born in Spanish Town, Jamaica.

Originally Prince Far I worked as a security guard, but in the early 1970s he got involved in the Jamaican recording industry, first working under the name of King Cry Cry. With a unique deep bass voice and talking over style, he became a popular reggae musician. One of his albums, Psalms For I, featuring the Lord's Prayer and various psalms, was dedicated to the illiterate who could not read the Bible for themselves. He also collaborated with UK On-U Sound Records and may be considered a mentor figure to Adrian Sherwood. He was shot in 1983, and died in the hospital.

He is referred to by The Clash in their single "Clash City Rockers".

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