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Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, has lauded the work of the late veteran record producer Joe Gibbs, who died of a heart attack on Thursday night.
Minister Grange hailed Gibbs as a visionary, whose tenacity helped him jump numerous hurdles to achieve success.
The producer, who was responsible for a significant number of reggae hit songs from the 1970’s through to the 90’s, worked with just about every notable reggae artiste of that era, including Dennis Brown, Black Uhuru, Big Youth, The Mighty Diamonds, Gregory Isaacs, Barrington Levy and Beres Hammond. He revolutionised the dub sound and made it an international phenomenon.
Minister Grange said Gibbs would be sorely missed by the music fraternity locally and internationally. “We have lost another champion of our music. He was a gentle giant and a repository of knowledge on the roots and transition of reggae. While his contribution will remain with us forever, we will miss his presence. I wish his immediate family all the best as they mourn this tremendous loss.
“As we continue to celebrate Reggae Month, I am urging promoters of various events to dedicate some time to showcasing the works of Joe Gibbs. We need to draw influence and strength from his gift of creativity as we seek to build and inspire through our music.”

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