Dennis Francis, known as "Papa Ranger," owner of Twelve Tribes Reggae, passed away
on August 22, 2022 at age 66 after a battle with cancer. He will
be greatly missed. His sons, Jahmar and Jahron, planned to preserve his legacy by turning the
reggae shop at 708
E. 9th Street into a museum. His son, known as DJ Jahmar, who grew up
in his father's shops on Sixth Street, Fifth Avenue, and Ninth Street,
carries on his father's legacy.
12 Tribes Reggae Shop had been a Tucson
reggae tradition for decades
Twelve Tribes Reggae Shop carried the best selection of reggae CDs and LPs, reggae merchandise and collectibles in Tucson. Ranger hosted the Hot Reggae Sundays at the Chicago Bar and produced dozens of reggae shows for decades.
Papa Ranger is remembered with
a larger than life image of the iconic DJ, painted by Ignacio Garcia,
at the Corbett's at 340 N. Sixth Avenue. At one time, Twelve Tribes was
located in a large building at 345 N. Fifth Avenue. The mural, and
recycled corrugated metals walls from the former record store and reggae
music venue, and used in the construction of the new Corbett's
restaurant and pickleball courts at the corner of North Sixth Avenue and
East Seventh Street.