October 27, 2020

Son of Skatalites member killed in Jamaica

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Lloyd Brevett was an original member of The Skatalites. His son Okine was killied on Sunday

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Relatives say the 32-year-old son of a founding member of the pioneering Jamaican ska and reggae band The Skatalites was fatally shot about an hour after accepting a music award for his ill father.

Ruth Brevett says her son Okine was killed Sunday by a gunman at the entrance of his home in the rough Seaview Gardens area of Kingston.

He was shot about 15 minutes after showing his 80-year-old father, Lloyd Brevett, an award from the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association for the father’s musical contributions. Former Prime Minister P.J. Patterson handed over the award.

Lloyd Brevett was an original member of The Skatalites, a hugely influential band begun in 1964. The group made its mark by transforming everything from jazz to movie themes into ska style.

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