Amazing Toots: Reggae legend remembered for his contribution to music

Toots Hibbert’s’ death has saddened many across the world, who have used social media to pay tribute to the great Jamaican reggae star.

Jamaican entertainer Toots Hibbert

The reggae legend died on Friday, September 11, weeks after entertaining Jamaicans in the Festival Song Competition. He was 78 years old.

Toots had been in the hospital for less than two weeks and was eventually put in a medically induced coma. With news that he was doing well earlier this week, there were calls for the public to donate blood on his behalf.

But things ended on a sombre note on Friday when the reggae artiste took his last breath.

Sad news

Between Friday night and early Saturday morning, there many international publications wrote about his death, and several artistes, musicians and politicians were among the many paying tribute to the popular entertainer.  

“Today I mourn with all Jamaicans as we woke to news of the passing of our very own legendary Reggae singer Frederick “Toots” Hibbert from the iconic band, “Toots and the Maytals”,” said Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness.

Culture Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, who appealed for blood on Toots’ behalf a few days ago, was quite saddened by the news.

“It is truly a sad day Toots is gone! Our hearts are broken. Love you Toots,” she said.

Entertainer Tami Chin was also in a sombre mood.

“When he sang, you heard the raw grit and gold of passion, the kind that moved you. When he performed, I often wondered how he did an entire show maintaining that kind of power in his vocals. My goodness, his voice. Walk good Sir Toots. Thank You for the music. Pioneer. Reggae Royalty. Legend,” she said on Instagram.

“R.I.P GREAT ONE 😭😭😭😭😭 TNX U 4 EVERYTHING,” dancehall star Sean Paul said on Instagram.

Singer Ce’Cile was also hit hard by the news.

“This is hard. Such a legend. @skattaburrell and I were lucky enough to be around and work with him early on in our careers when we were at Celestial Sounds. A true professional, soft-spoken, but bwoy when he took that mic and belted out dem sounds. Devastating,” she said. “Condolences to his family and friends and fans. I hugged him few months ago (as I always do when I see him) and told him remember we gatto do something. Such a loss for so many, for the culture, for the touring / festival community. SIGH…When u buck dem man yah on tour is the nicest thing to stand and watch in awe how well received and loved and respected they are. TOOTS U ARE AMAZING. #5446 RIP.”

Here are some tributes.