Toots & the Maytals, originally called The Maytals, are considered legends of Ska and Reggae music. The sound is a unique, original combination of Gospel, Ska, Soul, Reggae and Rock. Toots and the Maytals won the 2005 Grammy award for Best Reggae album with ‘True Love’, and remain a relevant influence on today’s global music scene with artists from Amy Winehouse to Sublime re-recording classic tracks. Over the past 40 years, Toots & the Maytals has toured worldwide to capacity crowds and shared the stage with artistes such as The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews, Sheryl Crow, Bob Dylan and Lonely Boys. On July 1st, Toots & the Maytals will launch a new Ska EP called ‘Ska Never Grow Old’ as a gift to JAMAICA on its 50th Anniversary and on July 2nd, an acoustic cd ‘Unplugged at Strawberry Hill’ with the ‘Reggae Got Soul’ documentary dvd will be released worldwide after being broadcast on TVJ for International Reggae Day. Toots & the Maytals ‘Ska Never Grow Old’ 2012 tour starts July 5th in North America before heading to Japan and Europe including a performance at the O2 on August 3rd as part of the AEG|JAMAICA 50 Respect Jamaica series in London.
Over the past 40+ years, Toots & the Maytals has toured worldwide to capacity crowds and shared the stage with artistes such as The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews, Sheryl Crow, Bob Dylan and Lonely Boys. Toots & the Maytals will headline the International Reggae Day concert festival at Emancipation Park on July 1st, before beginning his ‘Never Grow Old’ 2012 world tour July 5th in North America and then onto Japan and Europe.
On July 1st, Toots & the Maytals will release to media, a new ep called ‘Ska Never Grow Old’ featuring 6 new Ska originals for International Reggae Day. Recorded as a gift to JAMAICA on its 50th Anniversary, the project pays hommage to the Maytals’ first album 'Never Grow Old’ which was released in 1964 by Clement Dodd’s Studio One label and featured the immortal Ska originators, the Skatalites who played on many masterpiece recordings at Studio One between 1963 and 1965 before they split as a band. The 6 track ep includes a Ska version of Bob Marley’s ‘Three Little Birds’ plus ‘Jamaica’, a song calling for unity in this 50th year, and ‘Chim Cherry’, the lead single from the ep which will be available to the public in the IRD download booth in Emancipation Park on July 1st.
The other two projects being released as a set worldwide on July 2nd are ‘Unplugged at Strawberry Hill’ acoustic cd and accompanying documentary ‘Reggae Got Soul’ http://www.tootsandthemaytals.com/2012/05/29/unplugged-onstrawberry-hill-reggae-got-soul-pledge-now.
The documentary directed by George C. Scott, was shot largely in Jamaica with special interviews recorded in the US, UK and France with a whose who of music including Eric Clapton, Ziggy Marley, Keith Richards, Marcia Griffiths and Sly & Robbie. As Willie Nelson notes in his interview, “Toots is a combination of everything that makes you who you are—he’s a great talent, a good singer, a good writer, a good performer” according to country legend Willie Nelson while for eight time Grammy winner Bonnie Raitt, “He’s good news for a hurting world - you just put some Toots on and you’re okay.”