August 2010 Volume 7

In Memoriam - Lincoln Barrington ‘Sugar’ Minott

Winston Stewart
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Lincoln Barrington ‘Sugar’ Minott
(25th May 1956 – 10th July 2010)

The Kingston College family lost another of its sons when Sugar Minott passed away at the UWI hospital in Kingston, Jamaica on Saturday 10th July 2010. Born Lincoln Barrington Minott in Kingston on 25th May 1956, he attended Kingston College Extension in the mid to late 1960’s.

After leaving K.C.  he began his journey in the music business selling records and playing for a sound system named Sound of Silence Keytone. His keen interest in Reggae music was fashioned by growing up in proximity to one of the original dancehalls in the vicinity of Maxfield Park, where one would hear some of the best music of the day, From this exposure he began to build a repertoire and entered talent contests like those hosted by the Little Theatre Company in Cross Roads. The veteran singer, songwriter, musician and producer went on to become a major contributor to the popularizing of Reggae music internationally.

In 1969, Sugar teamed up with Tony Tuff and Derrick Howard and formed the group The African Brothers. Tony was the lead singer and they recorded for Micron Music, which was run by Mick Johnson and Ronny Burke of Reggae Sunsplash fame. The group then recorded for other producers including, Keith Weston, Winston "Merritone" Blake, Rupie Edwards and Clement “Sir Coxsone” Dodd. Some of the releases were "Lead us father", “Mystery of Nature", “Party Time" and "Righteous Kingdom".

In 1974, he helped ace producer Sir Coxsone of "Studio One" to breathe life back in the then sagging label, after the departure of mega stars John Holt, Ken Boothe, and Alton Ellis to other studios. His first hit for Studio One was "Vanity" followed by "Mr. DC", "House is Not a Home" and "Hang on Natty", which led to his first solo album "Live Loving".

In 1979, he left Studio One to form his own label "Black Roots", which led to the establishment of  Youthman Promotion, recording artistes like Little John, Tristan Palmer, Barry Brown and Tony Tuff. Youthman Promotion was rooted in the Maxfield Park area of Kingston, Jamaica, known as the Ghetto Sound by the youths of the area. The sound system was the only opportunity for the youths to be heard by the masses, and Youthman Promotion dominated the Dancehall scene for many years. Artistes such as Junior Reid, Yami Bolo, Don Angelo, the late Tenor Saw, Nitty Gritty, the late Garnet Silk, Tony Rebel, Colorman, Daddy Freddie, Johnny Osbourne, Steve "Shalom" Harper, and many more, owe a great debt to Sugar Minott for their success in the music business.

May his soul rest in peace.

Fortis Cadere Cedere Non Potest!

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