Bassist Lloyd Brevett, the pioneering upright player and founding member of the Jamaican ska group The Skatalites, passed away yesterday after being treated for seizures due to a stroke he suffered in March. He was 80.
Brevett is one of the central figures in bringing ska music from Jamaica to the world, as one of the original members of The Skatalites, which formed in 1964.
“Ska was our type of music that could lift the youth and make Jamaica known around the world,” Brevett once said.
Brevett stopped playing with The Skatalites in 2004, after being ousted over a conflict with newer members, according to Maxine Stowe, a family spokesperson and friend.
Here is the Skatalites, live at Glastonbury Festival 2003:
Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Lloyd Brevett.