Roots Reggae Legends Toots and the Maytals (music)

Toots and the Maytals are true reggae legends (more: Wikipedia, MySpace). Founder Toots Hibbert is credited with coining the word “reggae” in the band’s 1968 single, “Do the Raggay.” They’ve had more number one hit songs in Jamaica than any recording artist ever, and received a Grammy for Best Reggae Album of the Year in 2005.

He was a contemporary of Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff, and was featured in Perry Henzell’s seminal 1973 reggae movieThe Harder They Come” (Amazon link).

I joined BBtv’s London-based music correspondent Russell Porter for a visit on the venerable Mister Toots’ tour bus after an amazing set at Outside Lands, and we sat down with him for a conversation about the history of reggae, and what Toots thinks about contemporary hip-hop and dancehall — and where his legacy leads. The generous vanity intro he did for BBtv is a thing of beauty, we can all die happy now.


Sponsor Note: This episode, and other BBtv music features this month, are sponsored by the Crowdfire live music social media project. You can find images, video, and audio about the band featured in today’s show at Crowdfire — here’s the search link for fan-uploads related to Toots and the Maytals.

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* Interview with Cold War Kids frontman Nathan Willett (music)
* Andy Gould, rock band manager, dances on the labels’ graves.
* Primus: Xeni interviews Les and Ler (music)
* Kaki King, guitar hero: performance, interview with Xeni (music)
* BB Gadgets’ Joel at Outside Lands: Crowdfire deconstructed
* Carney at Outside Lands – a “Boing Boing tv Bus Session.” (music)
* Steel Pulse founder David Hinds at Outside Lands (music)
* Boing Boing tv backstage at Outside Lands: (Xeni + Russell Porter)

(Special thanks to Wayneco for the magic bus, to Michael Cacia, and to Virgin America for air travel.)

About Xeni Jardin

Boing Boing editor/partner and tech culture journalist Xeni Jardin hosts and produces Boing Boing's in-flight TV channel on Virgin America airlines (#10 on the dial), and writes about living with breast cancer. Diagnosed in 2011. @xeni on Twitter. email: xeni@boingboing.net.
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3 Responses to Roots Reggae Legends Toots and the Maytals (music)

  1. jahknow says:

    ital tv!

  2. Nawel says:

    what was that white roll of paper in the back? toilet paper?!? or was a big roll of ROLLING PAPER?! HUH!??

    nice interview, and is good to hear Toots voice is still great live.

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