Toots Hibbert, pioneering reggae star, dies aged 77
Toots Hibbert, whose glorious songcraft as frontman of Toots and the Maytals helped make reggae globally famous, has died aged 77.
A statement from his family on Saturday read:
“It is with the heaviest of hearts to announce that Frederick Nathaniel “Toots”
Hibbert passed away peacefully tonight, surrounded by his family at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.
“The family and his management team would like to thank the medical teams
and professionals for their care and diligence, and ask that you respect their privacy during their time of grief.”
He had been receiving treatment at a private hospital in Kingston, Jamaica.
With his full-throated, anthemically soulful vocals and multi-instrumentalist talent,
Hibbert made songs like Pressure Drop, Monkey Man, and Funky Kingston into all-time reggae classics,
and even brought the very term “reggae” to wider attention with the Maytals’ 1968 song Do the Reggay.
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