May is Minott's month
Sheena Gayle, Gleaner Writer
In honouring a reggae icon and preserving his legacy, Pashon Minott, daughter of famed Sugar Minott has sought to use the month of May to celebrate the life and work of her father.
"This is Sugar Minott's birth month and he has done a lot for reggae music, so it is fitting to use the month of May to pay homage to his life and music, and to carry on his legacy," Pashon explained.
Lincoln 'Sugar' Minott died on July 10 last year at the University Hospital of the West Indies at the age of 54. He was born on May 25, which is also African Liberation Day.
"My father loved music, he embraced it with an incredible passion and the people world-wide responded to that passion. We will be having an event in Jamaica at Studio One so we are encouraging persons to come out and be a part of the commemorative celebration and appreciation for his work. We are also asking that for the month of May especially, that persons request music on the radio as a way to keep the music alive," the eldest child of Sugar Minott appealed.
In addition, there will be two events on the 25th of May in the United States of America that will be held in Sugar Minott's honour. There will be one in Brooklyn, New York, and the other in Los Angeles, California.
Minott, who was a singer, songwriter and record producer, was instrumental in the birth of dancehall and was widely known for his catalogue of hits including Herbman Hustling, Ruff Ole Life and his largest commercial hit, Good Thing Going, to name a few.
Pashon Minott will also be performing at the 27th annual Reggae on the River music festival in California this July, and she revealed that half of her set will be dedicated to Sugar Minott.
"The legacy continues and as his children we have to preserve his work and that's why I plan on dedicating half of my set to his music when I perform at Reggae on the River. I did the harmonies while I toured with my father and I am familiar with how to present his music for fans to enjoy. Let's keep his legacy alive, let's advocate for May 25 to be Sugar Minott day," she stressed.