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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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Machel’s Melee Cruise Offering Refunds, but Date Moved to 2022.

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Machel Montano’s proving to be a stand up guy. You know how some companies hate giving refunds?…well, seems like the Monk and his cohorts at Tribe Carnival, understanding of the current climate, and the global economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, are extending an olive branch to fetters.

In a YouTube message posted last week, Machel is heard explaining why the inaugural Melee cruise, which was originally carded to sail in May 2021, has been pushed back.

He said plans are still ongoing, but explained that for those who have been strongly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, forcing them to reconsider sailing with the Melee family, refunds would be afforded.

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5 Reasons Shenseea, Tarrus Collab Has Racked up 4.5 Million Views.

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In one week, “Lighter” by Jamaican duo, Tarrus Riley and Shenseea, has amassed 4.5 million views on VEVO. The song is now an anthem. Last month, in a virtual chat with global media, Tarrus expressed immense excitement about the single as he gave a sneak peak into his 2020 album, “Healing.” His excitement was undeniably warranted. The song is a hit.

In the past week, blogs, social media pages and streaming platforms have ignited as fans express their love of the song, some accepting Shenseea’s challenge to emulate her chord stretching chorus vocals. Even fellow Jamaican hit maker, Protoje gave it a go!

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