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Toots Hibbert, pioneering reggae star, dies aged 77

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Frontman of Toots and the Maytals helped make reggae globally famous Sat 12 Sep 2020 03.40 EDTLast modified on Thu 17 Sep 2020 04.25 EDTToots Hibbert, whose glorious songcraft as frontman of helped make reggae globally famous, has died aged 77.A statement from his family on Saturday read: “It is with the heaviest of hearts to announce that Frederick Nathaniel ‘Toots’ Hibbert passed away peacefully tonight, surrounded by his family at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, .“The family and his management team would like to thank the medical teams and professionals for their...

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Notorious BIG's $6 crown sells for almost $600,000 at auction

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A plastic crown costing $6 worn by the has sold for $594,750 (£461,000) at Sotheby’s first ever auction of hip-hop memorabilia.The crown was used by photographer Barron Claiborne in portraits made three days before the rapper’s murder in a drive-by shooting, and is signed by the . It features “one point broken off, some general light wear and abrasions”, according to the listing. The sale price was double the $200,000-300,000 estimate.A sealed 12-inch copy of one of hip-hop’s foundational tracks, Beat Bop by Rammellzee vs K-Rob released in 1983, sold for $126,000. It had been expected to...

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