R.I.P. Sugar Minott, 1956–2010

by Nicholas Laughlin on July 12, 2010

Lincoln Barrington “Sugar” Minott, Jamaican reggae and dancehall musician, died on Saturday 10 July in Kingston.

The Jamaica Observer reports:

Minott . . . earned for himself the moniker Godfather of Dancehall. He is credited with being the pioneer, who, by laying vocal tracks over the original tapes from the 60’s, rather than using a live band — as was the norm in those days — caused a revolution in the sound that brought a new style to reggae music known as dancehall.

Adam Sweeting’s obituary in the UK Guardian adds:

Other artists had done this in live performance, but Minott brought the technique into the recording studio, triggering a revolution in Jamaican music.

According to Minott’s official website, his latest album, New Day, is scheduled to be released later this month.

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