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Albert Minott of Jolly Boys is dead

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  Jamaica has lost another unique part of its heritage as Albert Minott, lead singer of the Portland-based mento band Jolly Boys, has passed away. He was 79. The singer's manager Jon Baker, owner and operator of Geejam Hotel and record label, confirmed his death via his Facebook page. 

 

“Albert will be remembered as the voice and figure who's vibrant tones and eclectic dance moves re-launched the band onto the international music scene. Albert's legacy will live on within the story of this 70-year-old group, one of the longest existing bands in the world,” Baker's post read.

Minott had recently completed a new Jolly Boys album, and was preparing to launch its signature song called Day O

Minott had been the lead singer of the Jolly Boys since 2009. The group is survived by rhumba player Derrick “Johnny” Henry, as founding member Joseph “Powda” Bennett passed away in August 2014.

The trio came to international prominence nine years ago when they began recording for the Gee -Jam label in Port Antonio. It was formed in 1945 and had great commercial success in the late 1980s and 1990s among reggae and world music fans. 

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