Ska pioneer Brevett dies, aged 80


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The Jamaican double bassist and ska pioneer Lloyd Brevett has died at the age of 80.

His band The Skatalites, whose songs included "The Guns of Navarone", formed in 1964 and carried ska music from Jamaica to the rest of the world.

Brevett was being treated in hospital in Kingston for complications of a stroke suffered in March. Two weeks earlier his son, 32, was shot dead outside the family's home in Kingston. His friend Maxine Stowe told the AP news agency: "He deteriorated rapidly after that."

Brevett is survived by his wife, Ruth, and several children.