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Lloyd Knibb
Origin Jamaica
Genres Reggae
Instruments Drums
Labels Treasure Isles, Top Hat
Associated acts The Skatalites

Lloyd Knibb (born 8 March 1931) is a Jamaican drummer who is primarily known for his contribution to the development of the rhythm of the Ska era. He played for The Skatalites (in the 1960s, and through today), and for Tommy McCook & The Supersonics. He has recorded for producers Lloyd "Matador" Daley and Duke Reid.


Knibb like a lot of musicians in the 1940s learned his craft in jazz bands. His first professional engagement was with the Val Bennett band, but it was in the jazz band of Eric Dean where he gained the technical skills to play many styles. Eric Dean’s set list contained the music of Glen Miller as well as the popular dances of the day: rumba, Cha-cha and bolero. Knibb’s technical proficiency and wide knowledge of styles soon led to him being featured on the recordings of Coxsone, Prince Buster, Sonia Pottinger and Duke Reid[1].

Knibb is the drummer for The Skatalites. It was in this role that he gained his widest audience. The Skatalites recorded for the Treasure Isles (Duke Reid) and Top Hat labels releasing ska music in the 1960s to an audience that responded to a rhythm that was uniquely Jamaican.[2]

Knibb along with other original Skatalites members reformed to play the Reggae Sunsplash concert (Montego Bay) in July 1983 and the success of this concert has led to many further engagements.

Knibb now resides in Hull MA with his long time friend and fellow musician John and his wife Adele.

His son, Dion Knibb plays in a Boston, U.S. ska band “Dion Knibb & The Agitators”


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