Toots & The Maytals
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Legendary Jamaican reggae/ska group, known for pioneering the genre in the late 1960's with hits like "Pressure Drop," "Sweet and Dandy," "Monkey Man," "54-46 (That's My Number)," and "Do the Reggay."Buy Tickets
Ticket Price: $47 advanced / $49 day of show / $82 reserved seating
Toots and The Maytals are from Kingston, Jamaica. It was the producer Byron Lee who 1971 renamed them Toots & the Maytals. Frederick "Toots" Hibbert, the leader of the group and the lead singer, was born in May Pen in the Parish of Clarendon, Jamaica. He was the youngest of seven children. He grew up singing gospel music in a church choir, but moved to Kingston in 1961 at the age of sixteen.
In Kingston, he met Henry "Raleigh" Gordon and Nathaniel "Jerry" McCarthy, forming a group whose early recordings were attributed to "The Flames" and, possibly, "The Vikings". Having renamed the group the Maytals, the vocal trio recorded their first album, "Never Grow Old - presenting the Maytals", for producer Clement "Coxsone" Dodd at Studio One in 1962-63. With musical backing from Dodd's house band, the legendary Skatalites, the Maytals' close-harmony gospel singing ensured instant success for the 1964 release, overshadowing Dodd's other up-and-coming gospel trio, The Wailers. The original album augmented by studio out-takes from the Studio One sessions was re-released by Heartbeat/Rounder Records in 1997, and is essential listening for Maytals and Skatalites fans.
After staying at Studio One for about two years, the group moved on to do sessions for Prince Buster (released in 1974) before recording their second album produced by Byron Lee in 1965. However, the band's musical career was rudely interrupted in late 1966 when Hibbert was arrested and imprisoned on drug possession charges.
Following Hibbert's release from jail towards the end of 1967, the band officially changed their name to Toots and the Maytals and began working with Chinese-Jamaican producer Leslie Kong, a collaboration which produced three classic albums and a string of hits throughout the late sixties and early seventies - "Do the Reggay", a 1968 single widely credited with coining the word reggae, "Pressure Drop", "54-46 was my number" and "Monkey Man", the group's first international hit in 1970. The group was featured in one of reggae's greatest breakthrough events - The Harder They Come, the 1972 film and soundtrack starring Jimmy Cliff.
Following Kong's death in 1971, the group continued to record with Kong's former sound engineer, Warwick Lyn; produced by Lyn and Chris Blackwell of Island Records, the group released three best-selling albums, and enjoyed international hits with "Funky Kingston" in 1973 and "Reggae Got Soul" in 1976.
Toots and the Maytals' compositions would be given a second airing in 1978-80 during the reggae-punk and ska revival period in the UK, when the Specials included "Monkey Man" on their 1979 debut album and the Clash produced their version of "Pressure Drop", with other Maytals' covers being recorded by Sublime. Having toured throughout the world for many years, Toots and the Maytals disbanded in the early 1980s, but reformed in the early 90s to continue touring and recording successfully.
The band recently won the 2005 Grammy award for reggae for the album True Love, an album consisting of re-recorded versions of their classics alongside popular and legendary musicians such as Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton, and Keith Richards, as well as popular artists today such as No Doubt, Ben Harper, The Roots, and Shaggy.
They also contributed to the Easy Star All-Stars album 'Radiodread' (a dub tribute to Radiohead's OK Computer).
Surrounded by music and dance all of her life, this unique and aspiring female entertainer from Kingston Jamaica has spent many years singing and performing on stages around the world. The lyrics of one of her songs, expresses the passion she has for her art. “Music is in my body, makes me wanna dance. Music is in my soul, makes me wanna sing”, tells the story of singer/songwriter Leba Hibbert’s life.
This sultry and talented artist has recorded with numerous popular reggae acts including Japanese reggae star Nahki, Sly and Robbie and Jimmy Cliff on the sound track of the movie “Lion King.” She has been the foundation of Toots and The Maytals backing vocals for many years, where she graces the stage with her famed father, Toots Hibbert.
Leba has had chart topping songs dating back to 1989 when “54-46”, a duo she started with her sister Melanie, recorded “Ooh La La” and some other R&B covers for reggae producers Sly and Robbie on their “Taxi” label. “Ooh La La” topped the British Black Echo charts twice, while the cover of “Never Get To Heaven” charted well enough to help them secure a recording contract in 1990 with Island Records' Mango label.
Another successful project, in which Leba collaborates with well-known Jamaican vocalists Pam Hall and Keisha Patterson, is “Kingston Ladies,” a trio with a unique urban reggae sound. They recorded an album for French reggae producer, Pierre Simone in late 2003, and did some outstanding promotional tours in France in 2004 and 2005. The group also performed at the revived Jamaican Reggae Sunsplash in August 2006, and received exceptional reviews.
Leba maintains relations with the "Taxi Label,” performing background vocals on many of the label’s hits, and lead vocals on two songs for Sly and Robbie’s 1999 Grammy award-winning album entitled “Friends.” Her powerful lead vocals also energized “Amazing,” the title track for their 2009 Grammy nominated album. Leba performed backing vocals on Toots and The Maytals’ 2005 Grammy winning album “True Love,” and played the lead role in the video of her cover of CeCe Peniston’s “Finally,” which was produced by the “Taxi Label".
More recently, she collaborated with popular DJ Turbulance on a song and video called “Criminal of Love” for World Boss label. Her debut solo Album was released on April 23, 2012 and is now available on iTunes etc. This album that she co-produced, showcases Leba’s extensive talents as a singer/songwriter, and presents a skillful blend of diverse vocals and rhythmic styles laced with sometimes subtle, but exciting reggae grooves and overtones.
With all these commitments, Leba credits her son CJ with helping to keep her focused, and for being her constant source of inspiration. Her soulful voice has an unassailable conviction, and she brings a unique sound to the Jamaican music scene that moves and captivates all who listen. This new album is sure to be everything music lovers expect it to be, and much more...