Lloyd Knibb, the veteran drummer who was a founding member of the Skatalites, died on Thursday evening at his family home in Kingston. He was 80.Our condolences go out to the Knibb family and The Skatalites.
Knibb, who succumbed to cancer of the liver, died in the company of friends and loved ones in keeping with his final wish.
According to a well-informed source, Knibb — after being told by doctors in Boston, USA that he had three days to live — asked to be flown home to Jamaica. He arrived in the island at midnight on Wednesday.
With his passing, only two of the original instrumentalists of the legendary musical aggregation that started approximately 50 years ago are now left alive. They are bassist Lloyd Brivette and alto saxophonist Lester Sterling.
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Reggae DJ and writer Carter Van Pelt and Dan Batman conducted this amazing interview with Lloyd Knibb back in 1998. This is required reading for anyone who wants to know more about this seminal ska musician and his contribution to Jamaican music.