Celebrating 50 years as one of the world’s best loved ska and reggae groups, the legendary Toots and The Maytals are set to play the biggest UK tour of their illustrious career.
Led by the charismatic Toots Hibbert, The Maytals formed in Kingston, Jamaica in 1961 and would do as much as any artist to popularise the reggae sound. Universally praised, hits such as "Do The Reggay" (widely acknowledged as the first song ever to feature the word ‘Reggae’), "Pressure Drop", "54-46 That's My Number", "Sweet and Dandy", "Monkey Man", “Funky Kingston” and “Reggae Got Soul” would come to define the genre and influence countless artists; The Specials, The Clash & Amy Winehouse are just a few artists who have covered songs by the group.
Having toured in recent years with the likes of The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews, Sheryl Crow and Los Lonely Boys, 2005 saw Toots and The Maytals win a Grammy award for ‘Best Reggae Album’ with ‘True Love’, an album consisting of re-recorded versions of their classics alongside legendary musicians such as Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton and Keith Richards, amongst others.
Anyone who saw Toots & The Maytals’ stunning televised performance at last year’s Glastonbury Festival – not to mention the BBC’s documentary on the group, as part of the acclaimed Reggae Britannia season in February 2011, will testify that the forthcoming tour is a chance to see one of music’s true greats in action.
On the eve of announcing the tour, Toots said from his home in Jamaica, “Everybody knows the UK is like a second home to me, so I’m looking forward to seeing all my old friends and making some new ones on this very special anniversary tour.”
"A man whose live set warmly encourages unity, happiness and relentless fun." THE SCOTSMAN
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