It was earlier reported that Reggae legend Toots Hibbert, as announced by his daughter will be buried in May Pen Clarendon, his hometown, a place he seemingly holds dear to his heart as he titled his group the “The Maytals” from an area in Clarendon.
Now as reported by the Jamaica Star, Mr. Hibbert will be laid to rest at the Dovecot Memorial Park located in St. Catherine and a private funeral service will be held at Perry’s Funeral Home’s Chapel.
Not happy with the burial location, One of Toots’ Family member from Clarendon told the Jamaica Star that “My uncle would have wanted to come back home. He sings about the country road in one of his biggest songs, and he is always visiting us down here. Him never leaves us out”.
The date is also a surprise, announce just 24hours before his burial, Frederick Nathaniel more commonly known as ‘Toots’ Hibbert” will be buried on Thursday, October 15th, 2020.
The funeral service will start at 11:00AM.
The immaculate singer started his career in the ’60s by participating with his band The Maytals in the national festival competitions at the time.
In the 1960s a little girl was standing on the sidewalk along a street in Downtown Kingston, one of Toots’ song was playing on the loudspeakers and there was this man who got hit! by the music, he was so caught up in the music and dancing to it that he danced his way on to one of the little girl’s big toe, she lost a nail and the rest is history. She told this story upon hearing about Toot’s passing, she’s a huge fan.
A Little History on Toots Hibber
Toots won a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in 2005 with True Love.
In 2012, he was awarded the Order of Jamaica, the country’s fourth-highest award, for his contribution to Jamaican music.
Toots is well known for his globally renowned, hit songs such as “bam bam”; “monkey man” and others. Together with his reggae band, “The Maytals” have won many festival song competitions as well as a 2005 Grammy award.
Since the passing of the reggae singer, there have been many requests for his burial place to be located at the National Heroes’ Park however Minister Olivia Grange has stated that at this time, there is a ruling decision to reserve spots in the park exclusively for Prime Ministers.
She, however, recognized the contributions of Toots to the music by acknowledging that he helped Jamaican music to grow.
Toots recently release an album titled “Got To Be Tough” which was his first album in over 10 years. This new album features Ziggy Marley on a new remix of ‘Three Little Birds’ because this was one of his favourite Bob Marley songs.
The difference that Hibbert brought to the music industry resonated with the Jamaican population as according to a former competitor in the Jamaican festival song competition, Tommy Cowan, the legendary singer did music that “touched the soul”.
“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 Jamaican Music telling everyone to do the reggae which we clearly started doing.
Toots Hibbert was born on December 8 back in 1942.
Hibberts was in a medically induced Coma at the University Hospital of the West Indies where he did a COVID-19 test after experiencing respiratory difficulties. Toots Hibbert passed away at the age of 77 from COVID 19 complications on September 11 and will be sadly missed by fans worldwide.