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Toots from Toots & The Maytals passed away...

'Toots' Hibbert, Jamaican reggae legend, dies aged 77

By Zahid Mahmood and Rory Sullivan, CNN

Updated 7:13 AM ET, Sat September 12, 2020

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"Toots" Hibbert of Toots and The Maytals performs at the Grand Prix in Singapore on September 20, 2019.
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(CNN)Jamaican reggae legend Frederick Nathaniel "Toots" Hibbert has died aged 77, his band Toots and The Maytals said in a statement early Saturday.

Hibbert "passed away peacefully" in Jamaica "surrounded by his family" at the University Hospital of the West Indies late Friday, the Twitter statement said.
While the cause of his death has not been announced, the band said on September 3 that Hibbert had been taken to intensive care and was waiting to receive the results of a coronavirus test.
"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," Saturday's statement said.
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It added that Hibbert is survived by his wife of 39 years and seven of his eight children.
Trojan Records, the reggae label that released albums by Toots And The Maytals, was among those paying tribute to Hibbert on Saturday.
In a statement posted on Twitter, it said: "We are so sad to hear of the passing of Toots. A true pioneer who changed lives and brought so much joy through his music. We have lost a true legend. Your music will live on forever Fredrick Nathaniel 'Toots' Hibbert."

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Reply #2 posted 09/14/20 11:55am

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Toots Hibbert's last interview: 'Don’t take life for granted, be careful, be strong'

‘My lucky charms are my songs’, the reggae icon told Miranda Sawyer as he promoted his final album, Got to Be Tough

Toots Hibbert performing at the Hammersmith Palais, London, 1983.
‘Pressure is gonna drop on people, and they work to get the pressure off’ ... Toots Hibbert performing at the Hammersmith Palais, London, 1983. Photograph: David Corio/Redferns

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Toots Hibbert brought out his most recent album, Got to Be Tough, in August. What now stands as his final album is a positive listen, with lyrics about overcoming obstacles and needing more love in your heart, and his voice is as soulful as ever. He produced the album himself and it features Ziggy Marley, Sly Dunbar, Cyril Neville and Zak Starkey. He was busy: during lockdown, he was a finalist in the recent Jamaica festival song competition (a big deal on the island), with the upbeat Rise Up Jamaicans. Toots was massively successful in Jamaica: with the Maytals, he had 31 No 1s there, more than any other artist.

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I spoke to Toots over the phone (no visuals, sadly). He was in his studio, drinking orange juice and water. Sometimes he chatted to people in the background. Ebullient and charismatic, he laughed a lot during our chat. He was never less than charming, but I noticed he had a knack of avoiding tricky questions by talking in broad terms rather than detail.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.c...1599922902

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Very sad, I only managed to catch him live once, years ago, but his music is fantastic, visionary at times. Funky Kingston, i mean wow. Has anyone else managed to write a song that so perfectly blended those two styles together? From the early ska stuff right up to the 80s he was knocking out quality music. He deserves a Star Time style boxset because, like JB, he was rarely an album artist but had a WEALTH of great stuff. RIP
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Sad news. rose There was a nice BBC documentary about him a few years back, which is worth a look.
Great voice and some cracking choons. Pomps and Pride is still one of my favourite pick-me-up songs. music

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Reply #5 posted 09/16/20 11:37am

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deebee said:

Sad news. rose There was a nice BBC documentary about him a few years back, which is worth a look.
Great voice and some cracking choons. Pomps and Pride is still one of my favourite pick-me-up songs. music

Coincidently I watched that documentary a few months ago and intended to visit one of his concerts if he would come around in The Netherlands, sadly this will never be.

May Toots RIP, he was a great artist and a true Jamaican legend.

RIP Prince: thank U 4 a funky Time!
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