Musician Toots Hibbert recently passed away at his home in Jamaica. A contemporary of Bob Marley, he was known for being one of the founders of Reggae, as well as being one of the genre’s most recognized stars and celebrated artists, Toots Hibbert is actually the person who came up with the word Reggae. According to music historians the name came from one of his tracks called, “Do the Reggay” and this word soon become a term for this new genre of music.
Toots Hibbert started his musical career as front man and songwriter of Toots and the Maytals. The group was soon signed to Island Records and became an overnight sensation with the release of their album Funky Kingston, which some critics referred to as one of the most exciting reggae albums ever made. At around the same time, Toots also starred in the 1972 film The Harder They Come, which featured Jimmy Cliff as a young Jamaican who dreams of a career in music.
This film became a massive hit in places like the USA, and the soundtrack, which includes tracks by Toots and the Maytals, is said to be one of the greatest in movie history. Over the course of his career Toots won many awards including several Grammy’s. Not only that, the singer had fans all around the world including, believe it or not, Donald Trump, who became a fan after watching him perform on Saturday Night Live.