Toots and the Maytals, originally called The Maytals, hail from Jamaica & were formed in the early 1960’s. They were key figures in popularizing reggae music & in their 1968 single “Do the Reggay”, was the first song to use the word “reggae”, naming the genre and introducing it to a global audience.
This is the title-track to his latest album: “Got To Be Tough” which is already out.
According to a press release: “‘Got To Be Tough’ is a reminder that through Toots’ creative veins run all the roots and shoots of the Black Diaspora. Blues, soul, r’n’b, funk, jazz, reggae, African griots – Toots honors, embodies and owns them. Throwing down an authoritative guide: how to survive and thrive among our Earth’s challenges.”
“During a time of global social and political unrest, Toots’ welcomed return and voice couldn’t be more needed or necessary than ever. Harking back to the start of Ska, during the civil rights movement era in America and Jamaican independence in the 1960s, he has sung iconic truths such as “Monkey Man” and “54-46 Was My Number,” a wry but not bitter response to his unjust incarceration for ganja.”
“Since his wrongful 1966 imprisonment – which spawned one of his biggest global hits “54-46 Was My Number” — Toots has gained insight into the corrupt systems that try to dominate our bravest endeavors, and it is in his new resistance music, that his anger at and sensitivity to injustice in 2020 is clearer than ever. Returning with a message, with no apology – a warning, as he repeats for emphasis on his latest single.”
Frederick Hibbert, better known by his “Toots” alias as leader of The Maytals, died on Friday. (Sept. 11).
His death was announced on his eponymous band’s social media accounts, saying that the singer/songwriter “passed away peacefully tonight, surrounded by by friends and family at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.”