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Toots Hibbert’s Passing – “We’ve Lost One of the Head Cornerstones of Jamaican Music.”

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At the age of 77, reggae pioneer, Frederick “Toots” Hibbert took his last breath. The cause of death has not been disclosed, but according to Rolling Stone magazine, he had been hospitalized in August for symptoms consistent with the coronavirus. Hibbert is credited with the fusion of soul music and reggae. Tributes have poured in from around the world, signaling the massive impact his career had on the global music industry.

Rock and Roll legend, Mick Jagger has paid tribute to Hibbert, calling the death of the Maytals singer “a great loss to the whole music world.”

“So sad to hear of Toots Hibbert’s passing,” Jagger wrote on social media. “When I first heard ‘Pressure Drop‘ that was a big moment.”

The Rolling Stones singer, in a statement issued to Rolling Stones said, “He was a great singer with a really powerful voice who influenced everyone in the early days of reggae. He was a great stage performer. So full of energy and vitality always giving a top class performance that I was lucky enough to witness.”

Reggae and dancehall artist, Buju Banton in a simple social media post wrote, “My brother. With so much love. Rest well.”

Lovers Rock master, Beres Hammond also paid tribute to Hibbert, saying the world has lost one of the head cornerstones of Jamaican music.

Hibbert passed away on Friday, September 11th.


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Buju, Koffee Among Over 100 Artistes Featured on FIFA 21 Soundtrack.

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Iconic and consistently relevant, so much so that his music is featured on the FIFA 21 soundtrack, which premiered on Monday on all streaming platforms. Reggae hit maker, Buju Banton’s single, “Unity” from his 2020 album, ‘Upside Down 2020″ sits comfortably on the main soundtrack of the gaming experience which will be available to play from October 9th for Xbox, Playstation and PC.

Also on the soundtrack are Koffee, Govana and producer Rvssian. The mix features more than 100 artists from 23 countries, inclusive of Saweetie, Sia, Nigerian singers, Fireboy DML, and Australian sensation Chløë Black. 

Fans will be able to listen to the VOLTA FOOTBALL soundtrack while playing other modes, and have the option to enable both sets of tracks across all menus.

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“We Can’t let COVID19 Take Away Our Music.” Destra Speaks Up.

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Unless there’s a miracle in the coming months, Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival 2021 season will be non existent. This was the expression by the country’s Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley, on Monday.

In response, many have praised the forward thinking approach of the country’s leader, while others have questioned the way forward for the fraternity of entertainers and other Carnival stakeholders whose professional lives have been halted since March. Ebuzztt.com spoke with female soca heavyweight, Destra Garcia on the topic. She said the matter at hand is one that has left many considering whether even releasing new music makes sense. “This whole thing has been an ordeal for all of us, as entertainers in general. Now, with the no carnival announcement, it throws a curve ball to the distributors of carnival on all counts, so the question now is, what do we do?” she said.

On Tuesday, announcers at one urban frequency in Trinidad and Tobago harshly criticised soca artistes who may have been contemplating whether new music should be released. Hans Devignes, an often outspoken personality said he felt this should not even be a thought since soca artistes should be releasing music year round. He argued that other artistes, attached to another popular genre of music in Trinidad and Tobago, dubbed TriniBad music, had been progressing well, even before their music made it onto the nation’s airwaves. DesVignes opined that todays entertainers must do what is necessary to capture digital markets, rather than questioning the feasibility of releasing music, outside of a particular season.

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