Jamaican reggae pioneer Frederick Nathaniel “Toots” Hibbert has died on the age of 77.
The mythical musician fronted the reggae and ska band Toots & the Maytals from the early 1960s.
Hibbert “passed on to the great beyond peacefully” in Kingston, Jamaica surrounded by means of his circle of relatives, the gang introduced on Friday.
As but it’s unknown how Hibbert died, even though he had been tested for coronavirus within the ultimate two weeks and was once put into in depth care.
Hibbert is credited with popularising reggae tune or even naming the style – his 1968 unmarried “Do the Reggay” is the primary music to make use of the time period.
Other common tracks come with Pressure Drop, Sweet and Dandy, and 54-46 That’s My Number.
In a commentary, the band and Hibbert’s circle of relatives thanked scientific workforce “for his or her care and diligence”. He is survived by means of his spouse and 7 of his 8 youngsters.
His dying comes simply weeks prior to the discharge of Got to Be Tough, the band’s first full-length album in additional than a decade.
Described as “the sector’s biggest residing reggae singer” in a Rolling Stone profile last month, his vocal taste has been in comparison to Otis Redding. The mag lists him as one of the 100 greatest singers of all time.
Ziggy Marley, son of reggae icon Bob Marley, paid tribute to Hibbert on social media.
“He was once a father determine to me,” he wrote, announcing his tune “fills us along with his power”.