“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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