Hours after collecting an award on behalf of his father's band, the legendary Skatalites, Okeene Brevett was shot dead in his home community of Seaview Gardens early Sunday morning. Brevett had attended the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) Awards at Emancipation Park Saturday night on behalf of his father Lloyd Brevett, who is too old and frail.
Brevett was presented with the JaRIA Band award by former Skatalites manager and ex-Prime Minister P J Patterson. According to reports, Brevett was walking in the community, close to his home, when he was pounced upon by armed thugs who shot him. He died on the spot.
A JaRIA official said he was told that Okeene had taken the award home, showed it to his father and other people in the community, then left his home to celebrate when the tragedy occurred.
Lloyd Brevett is a co-founder and former upright bass player of The Skatalites. The group, which was formed in 1964 with some of Jamaica's top musicians at the time, has recorded over 20 albums and toured the world extensively. Of the nine original members of the group, only Lloyd Brevett and Lester Sterling are still alive.