The prayers from the Reggae community, family and friends as well as the hard work from the Jamaican doctors are working as everyone await the fully recovery of reggae legend Toots Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals.
Toots, 78, is in critical but stable condition at the University Hospital of the West Indies in St Andrew where he was transferred a week ago.
Reggae icon Jimmy Cliff posted a video on Facebook, urging “positive energy and vibrations” for the singer.
“Blessed love to everyone. Today I heard some not so good news about my friend and fellow artiste, Toots of Toots and the Maytals, that he is an induced coma, so I am sending out positive energy and positive vibrations for him to get well soon, and I am telling my fans and friends to send out the same good energies to him,” said Cliff.
Meanwhile, Minister of Culture and Entertainment Olivia “Babsy” Grange said she has been keeping abreast of the singer’s progress and is happy with improvements. She is asking Jamaica to use today to pray for the veteran reggae legend.
“I want to thank Jamaica for their overwhelming support and I’m asking the nation to offer special prayers on today for his full recovery and to pray for his family,” she said.
Toots wife, Doreen, also send out a special thank you to all the well wishers who have been praying for her husband.
“We want to thank all of my husband’s friends, family, fans and well-wishers, locally and globally, for all the love, support, and prayers that have been going out for him. We appreciate it… We also want to send a special thank you to the dedication of all the doctors involved in my husband’s care. Thank you all,” she said.
Formed in the 1960s, his band Toots and the Maytals helped popularise reggae music. He was one of the 10 finalists in the recently concluded Jamaica Festival Song Competition — a contest he has won three times.
Toots and the Maytals are known for songs including 54-46, Monkey Man, Sweet And Dandy, Bam Bam, and Pomps And Pride.