Ibo Cooper, membro fundador dos Third World, morre aos 71 anos

O músico de reggae Michael ‘Ibo’ Cooper, um dos membros fundadores dos Third World, morreu aos 71 anos.

O artista travou uma longa batalha contra o cancro. A ministra da Cultura, Género, Entretenimento e Desporto Olivia Grange expressou profunda tristeza com a morte de Cooper, que considera “one of Jamaica’s iconic musicians”.

“I wish to express my condolences to his children Arianne, Akiri and Abean and to the local and international musical fraternity. Ibo was a strong and constant voice for the music industry and an exemplary music teacher”, referiu a ministra num comunicado.

“Generations of Jamaican musicians have been shaped by him, and our industry is better for having had him. I also benefited from his advice as a member of the Entertainment Advisory Board (EAB). May his soul rest in perpetual peace.”

Richie Daley, Ibo Cooper and Cat Coore from THIRD WORLD, live at the ...

Cooper nasceu em Clarendon, Jamaica, no dia 14 de Janeiro de 1952. Fez parte da também banda de reggae Inner Circle, antes de formar os Third World.

Os Third World foram criados em 1973, por Cooper e Steven “Cat” Coore. O vocalista William ‘Bunny Rugs’ Clarke também deixou os Inner Circle e juntou-se aos Third World em 1976.