Jamaica’s reggae star Toots Hibbert dies at 77

Jamaica’s reggae star Toots Hibbert dies at 77

Toots Hibbert, founding member of pioneering reggae group the Maytals, has died, the group confirms.

The legendary musician fronted the reggae and ska band Toots & the Maytals from the early 1960s.

"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", the statement continued.

Hibbert is survived by his wife of 39 years and seven children.

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While the cause of death was not confirmed in the statement, Hibbert had been in the hospital fighting COVID-19 symptoms and had been placed in a medically-induced coma last week.

"Toots took his revenge on his jailers by turning his cell number into an global hit, and with incredible elegance", tweeted reggae music specialist Olivier Cyran. Toots was a legend whose name was often heard floating around with that of Bob Marley. But by the end of the decade he was performing again and in 2020 he released another album, "Got To Be Tough", which included contributions from Ziggy Marley and Ringo Starr, whose son, Zak Starkey, served as co-producer. It's clear that Hibbert was respected by everyone he came into contact with, and his legacy will most certainly live on.

Toots had been touring with the rest of the Maytals band consistently for years and they once won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album. Around the same time, the Maytals signed with Island Records and released the acclaimed album "Funky Kingston", which the critic Lester Bangs called "the most exciting and diversified set of reggae tunes by a single artist yet released". The songs address the legacy of slavery and systemic racism in Jamaica, rising economic injustice, and inequities exacerbated by the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic.

With classics hit like Monkey Man, Funky Kingston and Pressure Drop, Toots Hibbert was a pioneer in reggae and ska, helping to turn it into an global movement and making sure it stayed real and relevant.

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