KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Sugar Minott, 54, a smooth-voiced singer and producer who helped to popularize reggae music, died July 10, 2010. The cause of death was not disclosed.
Born in Kingston in May 1956, the singer, whose real name was Lincoln Barrington Minott, launched his musical career as a youngster in the late 1960s as a member of the African Brothers reggae trio. He started a successful solo career in the 1970s, gaining a following in Jamaica’s dancehalls with songs like “Vanity” and “Mr. DC” while recording for the famed Studio One, the Caribbean island’s first black-owned music studio. In 1981, he had his biggest hit with a cover of the Jackson Five’s “Good Thing Going,’’ which reached No. 4 in the U.K. singles chart.
Minott was known for nurturing young talent with his own Black Roots record label and Youthman Promotion company. Reggae and dancehall artists such as Junior Reid and Tenor Saw began their careers under his tutelage.
RIPON, Calif. (AP) — Bishop Walter Hawkins, 61, a Grammy Award-winning gospel singer, composer and pastor, died July 11, 2010, following a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Born in Oakland, Hawkins studied for his divinity degree at the University of California, Berkeley. While at the university, he recorded his first album titled “Do Your Best” in 1972. The next year, Hawkins became a pastor and founded the Love Center Church in Oakland, where he also formed a choir.
In the 1980s, Hawkins recorded a number of albums and earned nine Grammy Award nominations. His “The Lord’s Prayer’’ won a Grammy in 1980. He also released “Love Alive III”, Hawkins released top-selling gospel albums “Love Alive III’’ and “Love Alive IV.” Between work on the two albums, Hawkins was ordained a bishop in October 1992.
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Olga Guillot, the legendary Cuban singer who became the first Latin artist to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York, died July 12, 2010. She was 86. A family spokeswoman said she had suffered a heart attack.
Guillot was born in Santiago, Cuba, and was first recognized for her singing talent at age 13. At 20, she performed with Edith Piaf. She left Cuba in 1962 and settled in Mexico. Over the years, she recorded 14 records that went gold and 10 platinum. She also participated in more than 20 movies, almost always acting as herself.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian jazz great and Latin Grammy winner Paulo Moura, 77, died July12, 2010, after a fight against cancer.
The clarinet player was famed for his versatility as well as his virtuosity and he ranged across Brazilian folk music, jazz and classical orchestral music.
He won a Latin Grammy in 2000 for the best Brazilian roots album. In 1962, he played with Sergio Mendes’ group at the historic Bossa Nova night at Carnegie Hall that helped launched the genre’s mass appeal.
LONDON (AP) — David Fanshawe, a widely traveled musical explorer best known as the composer of “African Sanctus,’’ died July 12, 2010, at age 68.
His early musical education was as a chorister at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, and later at the Royal College Music, where his studies alternated with travel.
“African Sanctus,’’ which premiered in 1972, was based on music collected during four years of wanderings in Egypt, Sudan, Kenya and Uganda.
The Fanshawe Collection now holds 3,000 audio tapes and 60,000 images.