On Sunday, November 15, the frontman of Toots & the Maytals; Toots Hibbert will be laid to rest. The interment of the body of reggae icon will be interred at National Heroes Park in Kingston, next to another reggae icon, Dennis Emmanuel Brown. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange has announced that a tribute concert , “Toots- Farewell to a Cultural Icon” will be live-streamed on PBCJ, other broadcast media platforms as well as worldwide on several social media platforms. Additionally, two public viewings are put in place so the public can be able to pay their respect to the late icon. The first viewing is scheduled on November 11 at the Anglican Church Hall, May Pen, Clarendon and the second viewing will take place on November 13 at the National Arena in Kingston. The viewings are set to run from 11 a.m to 4 p.m.
Minister Grange added that some artiste will be paying live tributes while some will be pre-recorded. Among them is Richie Stephens. Stephens stated to his publicist that Toots was one of the first artistes to encourage him to follow his dreams. In 2010, he approached Toots to record a track on his “Come To Jamaica” album. The singles was also mentioned on Richie Stephens & the Ska Nation’s 2018 disc titled “Root Of The Music”. Stephens has found himself reminiscing on his 50th birthday celebration in 2016 when Toots surprised him with a speech which was followed by a performance. The pioneer of reggae, Toots Hibbert ended his journey on September 11 as a result of complications of due to the Coronavirus.