The passing of New York dance legend Raymond “Voodoo Ray” Ultarte has rocked the Dance and Hip-Hop communities after news began to spread via social media Tuesday night (Oct. 17). Over the course of a three-decade career, Voodoo Ray starred in a number of videos and was a fixture in the city’s dance and club scene.
Ray, Ray, born Raymond Ultarte, showcased his top-tier footwork in visuals for some of the biggest musicians in the world, including the likes of JAY-Z (“Sunshine”), MC Lyte (“Ice Cream Dream”), Run-DMC (“It’s Like That”), Mariah Carey (“Honey,” “The Roof”), Wyclef Jean (“Trying to Stay Alive,” “Pussycat”), Backstreet Boys (“Larger Than Life”), Black Moon (“Two Turntables & a Mic”), Bounty Killer (“It’s a Party”), Rah Digga (“Party and Bullshit”), Nikki D (“Wasted”), Busta Rhymes (“Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See”), Cuban Link (“Scandalous”), Doug E. Fresh (“Busting Out”), Monie Love (“Born 2 B.R.E.E.D.”) and many many more.
As an actor he appeared in countless films. His most recent work can be seen in the NETFLIX series “The Get Down”. In N.Y. nightlife, he helped book countless DJs to spin at parties over the years. Along side partner DJ Tony Touch, he also hosted NYC’s famous FunkBox dance parties. According to reports, Ultarte was 50 years of age. He will be missed.