A-Z of Reggae – T – Toots and the Maytals

A-Z of Reggae – T – Toots and the Maytals

 

Today on the A-Z of Reggae Podcast on Newstyle Radio…

T – Toots and the Maytals

Toots and the Maytals, originally called The Maytals, are a Jamaican musical group and one of the best known ska and rocksteady vocal groups. The Maytals were formed in the early 1960s and were key figures in popularizing reggae music. Frontman Toots Hibbert’s soulful vocal style has been compared to Otis Redding, and led him to be named one of the 100 Greatest Singers by Rolling StoneTheir 1968 single “Do the Reggay”, was the first song to first use the word “reggae”, naming the genre and introducing it to a global audience. As Island Recordsfounder Chris Blackwell says, “The Maytals were unlike anything else … sensational, raw and dynamic.”

 

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