Thanks, Toots, for your music and may you rest in peace and rise in glory.

So sad to hear of the death of Fredrick “Toots” Hibbert. He gave the world reggae and shared its soul. The first Toots and the Maytals album was released in 1962 – the year Jamaica became independent – and he has been part of the world’s music since then. Toots described his songs as “a message of consolation, a message of salvation”.

With millions of others my family has rocked along with Toots for many, many years. We were in Jamaica when Bam Bam was chosen as the Festival song and three generations of us saw Toots at Guilfest – my father’s one and only gig!

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