Thursday, March 18, 2021

Toots Sweet And Dandy BY RICHARD JOHNSON Observer senior reporter johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com

ANDREA Davis, local music industry insider and former manager of veteran reggae artiste Toots Hibbert, is echoing the sentiment of a number of Jamaicans that the late singer's latest Grammy win is bittersweet. Hibbert, who died in September last year, won the Grammy for Best Reggae Album on Sunday for his project Got To Be Tough. This was his second Grammy win; he took home the trophy in 2005 for True Love, and in 2013 he was nominated for Reggae Got Soul.
“I am very happy that the academy saw it fit to vote for him to win the Grammy, but, of course, it is bittersweet. We would have all wanted him to be with us in the flesh to accept his award. But this is a great achievement and a fitting addition to his legacy,” Davis told the Jamaica Observer. She also responded to the popular belief that Hibbert was a shoe-in to take the reggae category for sentimental reasons and that his death may have caused the members of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the body which organises the Grammy, to vote in a particular way. “Sentiment may have very well played a role in the the way the members voted, let's just be honest. But the truth is the push that each nominee puts behind their nominated work also get a project noticed. Let's also be honest that there was a quite a bit of muscle that came with this great project and it paid off in getting it out in front. So even though I didn't work on this project with Toots, I am so pleased with this win,” Davis noted. Having worked with Toots for a number of years, Davis was privy to some great moments during his travels and performances both locally and overseas. For her, Toots was a special breed of artiste who was recognised along with the greats such as Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff as being one of the architects, foundation and pillars of the Jamaican musical sound. “He's definitely part of that special collection that the artistes of today are benefiting from. It is his work and creativity, along with the others that we have lost in recent months such as Bob Andy, Bunny Wailer and Daddy U Roy that we in the industry has been built on. It is their legacy that we celebrate each time a young artiste steps on a stage here in Jamaic

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