Bless Up, Mi Dads: Ten Current Caribbean Artists and Their Musical Fathers

June 14, 2011

Salaam Remi and Van Gibbs


Child: Salaam Remi
Why You Know Him:
One of the top hip-hop and R&B producers of the last two decades, Remi has played a major role in the careers of the Fugees, Amy Winehouse, Nas, Jazmine Sullivan and Miguel, just to name a few. In the ’90s he broke ground for hip-hop dancehall fusion with his remixes of tunes like Supercat’s “Ghetto Red Hot,” memorably sampling his own father’s arrangement for Taana Gardner’s “Heartbeat” to make Ini Kamoze’s ’95 smash “Here Comes the Hotstepper.”
Father: Van Gibbs
Why You Should Know Him:
A Barbados-born studio musician who arranged and performed on numerous disco, R&B and rap records in the ’80s, Gibbs has been a key promoter of Caribbean music in New York City and currently manages soca star Alison Hinds.