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JAMAICA | Phillips mourns the passing of Toots Hibbert

  • Written by Wiredja.com- Calvin G. Brown
  • Published in Entertainment
Toots last week shared his first release in over a decade with the Maytals. The prolific hitmaker, who has been in the business for close to six decades, released his latest album, Got To Be Tough, on the Trojan Jamaica label. Toots last week shared his first release in over a decade with the Maytals. The prolific hitmaker, who has been in the business for close to six decades, released his latest album, Got To Be Tough, on the Trojan Jamaica label.
KINGSTON, Jamaica September 12, 2020: People’s National Party (PNP) President and Leader of the Opposition Dr. Peter Phillips is expressing sadness at the death of Jamaican music icon Frederick ‘Toots’ Hibbert. 

“Toots Hibbert, from his earliest days when I met him on 13th Street in Trench Town, was one of the most profound and thoughtful influencers and developers of Jamaican music. He understood and recorded not just the rhythms of the people, but also the essence of what it meant to be Jamaican,” Dr. Phillips said.

“Toots captured the true spirit of the people in their urban and rural settings, and registered their range of experiences through his music. In tunes like Sweet and Dandy, 54-46, Pressure Drop and others, he understood what it meant to be Jamaican, chronicling our joys, struggles, pressures and the very essence of Jamaicaness,” Dr. Phillips said.

“We pay tribute to his contribution, his life and his legacy.”

Toot Hibberts’ contribution to Jamaican music spans a number of genres and the energy and style that he brought to his performances powered the music to unprecedented levels.

Dr. Phillips, on behalf of the PNP, offers condolences to the Hibbert family, friends and colleagues.

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  • Countries: Jamaica