One of the most coveted names in reggae, the man who helped to name the genre Toots Hibbert has passed away on September 11th at age 77.
The Reggae legend has been in the hospital for some time now and was earlier reported to be in critical but stable condition by Minister Grange who also urged Jamaicans to donate blood in Kingston and St. Andrew.
Hibberts was in a medically induced Coma at the University Hospital of the West Indies were he also reportedly did a COVID-19 test after experiencing respiratory difficulties.
Toots who has been in the reggae business for almost 60 years has won the Jamaica festival competition 3 times and he was placed in the top-ten of the most recent competition in 2020, he also recently released an album titled “Got To Be Tough“.
Toots moved to Kingston as a young man where he found glory in music, The Maytals was one of the most if not the most popular Jamaican music group in the 60s and made music for Coxsone Dodd, Prince Buster, Byron Lee and other top producers at the time.
The group initially started out with 3 persons Hibbert, Henry “Raleigh” Gordon and Nathaniel “Jerry” Mathias. The group later added more personnel but parted ways in the 1980s.
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“Do The Reggae” released in 1968 by Toots and The Maytals was integral in the shaping of the genre and also moving it forward as he was the face of the music telling everyone to “do the reggae”
Toots is best known for songs such as Bam Bam, Pressure drop, Time Tough, Country Roads and others.
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The man who is also known for “Monkey Man” and “Funky Kingston” death announcement was made by his social media page, the message stated “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.” read more below.
Toots’s COVID-19 test result was not made public.
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