Reggae legends TOOTS
AND THE MAYTALS have announced a Dublin date @ The Button Factory on 30th
July, as part of their 2013 world tour.
Grammy-winning "Skafather" Frederick “Toots” Hibbert, one of reggae’s
founding fathers, has been among the genre’s leading figures for over four
decades. Rising to prominence in the 1960s alongside greats like Bob Marley and
Peter Tosh, Toots’ soulful voice has earned him comparisons to Otis Redding,
Marvin Gaye, and Wilson Pickett, making him one of the most respected and
versatile artists on the reggae scene.
Now 70 years old, Toots continues to masterfully fuse Gospel, Ska, Reggae,
R&B, and Rock, and has earned a place on Rolling Stones Top 100 vocalists
of all time list published in 2009. The 2012 album Unplugged on Strawberry Hill earned him his fifth Grammy
**Tickets go on sale this Friday 10th May @ 9am**
& THE MAYTALS
30th July 2013
Button Factory – Curved Street, Temple Bar – Dublin 2.
Doors – 7:30pm
Tickets €25 (this price includes
booking fee) available from Ticketmaster and usual outlets. www.ticketmaster.ie
Toots and the Maytals, considered legends of Ska and Reggae music have
established their place at the head table of Jamaican music with classic hits
over the past 43 years. The innovative music of Frederick "Toots"
Hibbert, leader of the group, fuses Gospel, Ska, Reggae, R&B and Rock and
has earned him a place on Rolling Stones Top 100 vocalists of all time list
published in 2009.
Toots' continuous hold on the public's attention is verified by the Grammy
Award he received for his 2004 release, True Love.
Born in 1945 in the Jamaican country town of Maypen, Clarendon, Toots began to
sing publicly in church alongside his brothers and sisters. Once he
reached his teen years, he left his home for Kingston where he found work as a
singer in a barbershop. His encounter with Raleigh Gordon and Jerry
Matthias led to the formation of the Maytals in 1962. Just four years
later, Toots & The Maytals won the first Jamaican Festival Song competition
with their hit "Bam, Bam." They went on to win twice more
before retiring from the competition to give others a chance at the top prize.
The golden age of reggae began with the first mention of the word, albeit
misspelled, in the title of the Maytals' 1968 smash, "Do the Reggay".
Toots remembers, "I say, let's do the reggae, and that's the way it
is. Coming from the soul, from consciousness, life and living. Reggae is
a God music, coming from the vibes of the Rastafari, it's coming from the
Reggae was brought explosively to the world in large part through Perry
Henzell's ground-breaking film The Harder They Come, which featured a pair of
tracks from the Maytals, and a broiling studio session from the trio that
alerted foreigners to Toots' prowess. His back catalog led to thousands
of new fans and international tours. When Island Records signed him in 1975 and
released Reggae Got Soul, the Who invited the Maytals to be their opening act
on the road.
Many songs featured during his tumultuous eye-opening live shows in the '70s
and '80s are given thrilling new interpretations on Light Your Light, including
"Pain in My Heart," "I Got A Woman," and
"Premature." The album also features an incredible new
take on "Johnny Cool Man" which, Toots says "never got the kind
of attention it should have." He goes on, "'Johnny Coolman' was
a nickname I made up for some fans who didn't know who I was. Funny
though, he was an actual person. An outlaw in France. The police
almost arrested me once thinking I was the criminal of that same name."
"I Got A Woman" and "Pain in My Heart" underlie Toots'
on-going affection for the progenitors of R&B. When discussing the
R&B flavor on the new album, Toots says, "I listen to Otis, Ray
Charles..I learned a lot of things from them. They were my teachers."
Toots paid homage to his teachers in 1988 with the release of Toots in Memphis,
an album which garnered him his first Grammy nomination.
A love of American soul music was evident on 1976's Reggae Got Soul, on which
"Premature" first appeared. In its reincarnation on Light Your
Light, Toots is reunited with one of his biggest fans, the vivacious Bonnie
Raitt, on vocals and slide guitar. "She loves me to life," says
Toots, "and I love her to life. She's a beautiful lady."
After reforming the Maytals in the early 90's, Toots went on to release a few
more albums including 2004's True Love, which finally got him his Grammy award.
The album featured collaborations with Bonnie Raitt, Keith Richards, Jeff
Beck, Ben Harper, No Doubt, Eric Clapton, The Roots, Willie Nelson and many
Asked why he has been and remains so successful, Toots told reggae historian
Hank Holmes, "Because of love. It is because of love that I could retain,
and I could gain whatever is good for me, and whatever makes my audience happy.
I am not a man who you're going to hear about today and not hear about
tomorrow. I'm a constant man. Do what I do. I live."