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Lloyd Knibb of Skatalites died last night Featured

Entertainment News Written by  AKA Friday, 13 May 2011 02:24 font size decrease font size increase font size 0
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Founding member of the Skatalies, 80 year-old drummer Lloyd Knibb passed away last night after battling for several months with liver cancer. He was a SIlver Musgrave Medal for Music and played an integral role in crafting the band's uniquely Jamaican sound that spawned such hits as Freedom Sounds, Guns of Navarone and Confucius. The band recorded for labels such as Studio One, Top Deck Records and Treasure Isle in the 1960s, and was the backing band for iconic reggae music figures. One876 sends condolences to his family and friends.


The Skatalites broke up in the 1960s, but reunited two decades later in New York. Two of their albums, 'Hip Bop Ska' and 'Greetings from Skamania,' were nominated for Grammy awards in the 1990s. Knibb, along with the other original Skatalites members, reformed to play the Reggae Sunsplash concert in Montego Bay, Jamaica in July 1983. The success of the reunion led to the reformation of The Skatalites as a full-time touring band, of which Knibb remained until his death in 2011. He played his last show in Peru in April 2011. Close friends say that he lived in Massachusettes but returned to Jamaica after announcing his illness, presumably to spend his last moments on his beloved island.
Their music has influenced bands including 311, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and No Doubt.

He is survived by his wife, five children, seven grandchildren and a great grandchild.

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