Remembering Michael ‘Ibo’ Cooper


It is with profound sorrow that we commemorate the loss of the iconic Michael ‘Ibo’ Cooper.

Known for his involvement with Inner Circle and the co-founding of Third World alongside Steven ‘Cat’ Coore, Ibo was not just a talented keyboardist, songwriter, and vocalist but a true musical devotee. He dedicated his life to the world of music and made a lasting impact both locally in Jamaica and on the global reggae scene.

From the recording studio to the grand stage, Ibo’s music was a fusion of reggae, jazz, funk, and various other genres that resonated with audiences across the world. The lyrics in his songs carried profound messages of truth, unity, and the experiences of life’s trials and triumphs.

Around the turn of the millennium, after more than two decades of recording, touring, and performing, he embarked on a new journey, that of an educator. He took on the role of a teacher at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, where he left an indelible mark on countless students, shaping their creative aspirations and talents.

Christopher Chin, CEO of VP Records, expressed, “Ibo’s passing is not only a loss to the music world but a loss of a dear friend.”

His absence leaves a void that will be deeply felt, and our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.

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