Jamaican promoter Andrew Minott shares his story
As the event at trendy Wynwood Miami progressed, Minott became more comfortable with family, industry colleagues, and close friends. The Prove ‘Em Wrong launch was part of Reggae Month activities in South Florida.
The book reflects on key moments in Minott’s life. Such as his youth in Montego Bay, his migration to the United States where he joined the military and attended college, and rubbed shoulders with reggae’s biggest names.
There is also a dark side. He served time in prison and had a fractious relationship with his father whom Minott moved to the US in the 1980s to join.
It was not easy divulging some of the most private details of his life when he began the project with writer Kevin E. Taylor.
“Initially, it was kinda scary and that’s why I probably stalled and put it off (release) so long. Because when I was reading it I was saying, ‘man, the whole world is going to know my life’. And I’ve always been a private person. Always,” he said.
The atmosphere at Wynwood Miami was not as tense thanks to the presence of his wife Ravina, and two sons – Andre and Derek. One aspect of his life Minott is particularly proud of, is raising his sons (from a previous relationship) as a single parent.
It is a responsibility he projects as often as possible, pointing to the bad rap black fathers usually get in the United States.
“This will inspire a lot of people like single fathers who are there for their kids. I hope I achieved that,” Minott said.
The dreadlocked Minott is CEO of Anchor Minott Foundation and Global Vybz Entertainment. His first major show as a promoter was Family Day Reggae Bash in November, 1997.
Six years later came Caribbean Reggae Fest at Bicentennial Park in downtown Miami which featured Beenie Man, Bounty Killer and Buju Banton. It drew an estimated 30,000 fans and remains Minott’s biggest production.