One of reggae’s finest voices, Toots Hibbert, the legendary frontman of Toots and The Maytals, has sadly passed away. According to his family, the musician died after on Friday after struggling with Covid-like symptoms.
The iconic singer can be rightly attributed with bringing reggae to the masses with The Maytals, their string of records not only defined the genre in Jamaica but also the world over. Songs like ‘Pressure Drop’, ‘Monkey Man,’ and ‘Funky Kingston’ established Hibbert as the voice of a generation.
Hibbert, the voice of a generation, arguably coined the genre of reggae with their song from 1968, ‘Do The Reggay’, which is one of the first times the word was ever put down on paper. His family have released a statement regarding Hibbert’s death.
“It is with the heaviest of hearts to announce that Frederick Nathaniel ‘Toots’ Hibbert passed away peacefully tonight, surrounded by his family at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica,” said the statement, posted on Twitter.
“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. Mr Hibbert is survived by his wife of 39 years, Miss D, and his seven of eight children.”
Toots and The Maytals influence wasn’t just confined to the sixties and Hibbert’s impact will likely rage on for decades. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time. Make sure this evening, you put on some of the band’s classic songs and raise a toast to Toots.
It is with the heaviest of hearts to announce that Frederick Nathaniel “Toots” Hibbert passed away peacefully tonight, surrounded by his family at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica… pic.twitter.com/zOb6yRpJ7n— Toots & The Maytals (@tootsmaytals) September 12, 2020