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Gleaner: The Rhythmic Innovation of Lloyd Knibb; Urges Kids To Follow His Lead

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The Jamaica Gleaner posted an amazing summary of the life and gifts of Lloyd Knibb today.

I especially like this part:
We, as music lovers, musicians and musicologists, are grateful that Lloyd Knibb established an authentic Jamaican rhythmic structure. For, he too, like the music he made and his achievements, has become a symbol of hope.

The Rhythmic Innovation of Lloyd Knibb
Written by Herbie Miller
Jamaica Music Museum
Kingston, Jamaica

Virtuoso Skatalites drummer Lloyd Knibb died on May 12 at his home in Harbour View, St Andrew. Knibb was simply the most important and influential modern drummer this country has produced. A master percussionist, he contributed to every style of this nation’s popular and not so popular musical forms, including jazz, mento, burru, nyabinghi, rock steady and, by extension, reggae.

As a drummer, he established rhythmic syntax through bold innovative advances; a synthesis of styles that set the rules for rhythmic structure that later informed every drummer (interested in Jamaican beats) in terms of the logic and structure of popular dance-floor rhythms.

Because of that, he was known as the world’s greatest ska drummer.

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They also talked to Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, minister of youth, sports and culture with responsibility for entertainment who went on to say “The passing of Lloyd Knibb has left a void in the music industry that will not be filled easily…. I am encouraging young musicians, though, especially drummers, to aspire to the standard set by Lloyd Knibb, a musician of pure class and a gentleman.”

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I've been involved in the Los Angeles music scene since at least 1995 going to shows, promoting, spinning records and running labels. Ska and Early Reggae are my passion among other things of course.