Sugar Minott / May 25, 1956 - July 10, 2010

Among the greatest and most influential of Jamaican singers, Lincoln "Sugar" Minott was already a known entity on the Kingston scene by 13. After working as a selector on various sound systems he started The African Brothers (with Tony Tuff & Derrick Howard) in 1969. They were a successful unit through the early '70s, especially with their rasta perspective.

At 18 Sugar started working as a session musician at the famed Studio 1, becoming a recording artist under his own name shortly thereafter. His '70s & '80s recordings for Studio 1, Channel One, Wackie's, Taxi, Trojan and his own Black Roots label, among others, are ripe with classics of roots reggae, early dancehall and lovers rock. He has also served as mentor, producer and advocate for several younger up-and-coming artists. He is a lamented presence on the international music scene. His confident voice, compassionate stance and killer tunes are much missed!

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