A beloved reggae hero returns

A beloved reggae hero returns

He may have left here to return to his native Jamaica more than a decade ago, but Leroy Sibbles still seems to be with us.

From the mid-1980s through the early ’90s, when the Bamboo Club ruled on Queen West and this city pulsed with the infectious thump of the righteous reggae and party-grade soca of the Sattalites and Parachute Club — when the music and sensibilities of an emerging Caribbean culture first diverted Toronto from its WASP-ish ways — Sibbles was the resident voice of authenticity, the embodiment of Jamaican music.

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