Thursday, March 18, 2021

Wailer's funeral for June 16 Wednesday, June 04, 2021

LEGENDARY reggae singer Bunny Wailer will be buried at the Dreamland Farm on the border of St Thomas and Portland on June 16, according to a family member. “Abijah [Livingston] called me to say that there will be a motorcade planned for June 15, with the burial planned for June 16. The directors' meeting is planned for June 17,” said Carlton Livingston, a brother of Bunny Wailer and an executor of the Bunny Wailer Estate. “I just want to see Bunny buried,” Livingston continued. Abijah Livingston is one of Bunny Wailer's sons. June 16 is a date that has a lot of significance in the Rastafarian community as it is also the birthdate of Leonard Howell. Howell was a Jamaican religious figure and one of the first preachers of the Rastafari movement which expanded to become an international concern, given his strong messages of black liberation and pan-Africanism. Howell also formed a commune called Pinnacle in St Catherine that became famous as a place for Rastafari. Meanwhile, all the directors of Solomonic Productions Ltd have been summoned to a directors' meeting on June 17 to hammer out issues regarding the proper corporate governance of the company and the future of Bunny Wailer's music legacy. The meeting will likely take place via Zoom. Under the current restrictions, gatherings are limited to 15 people, and funerals are banned and burials are allotted only 30 minutes from Monday to Friday. The prime minister is expected to update the island on the restrictions come June 3. Bunny Wailer died in the Medical Associates Hospital in Kingston on March 2, 2021. He was 73. The reggae singer had been in and out of hospital since his second stroke in July 2020. Hailing from Trench Town, Bunny Wailer's given name is Neville Livingston. He is a founding member of The Wailers, which included Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. Marley died of cancer in May 11, 1981, while Tosh was killed at his St Andrew home on September 11, 1987. Bunny Wailer's albums include Blackheart Man, released in 1976, and Rock 'n' Groove which came out five years later. His hit songs include Cool Runnings, Ballroom Floor, Crucial, and Bald Head Jesus. In 2017, the Jamaican Government awarded Bunny Wailer an Order of Merit, the country's fourth-highest honour. The Government again recognised his contribution to Jamaican music in February 2019 with a Reggae Gold Award.

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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