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Reggae legends heading for city venue; PREVIEW: Toots & The Maytals, Tramshed, Cardiff.

TOOTS and The Maytals, quite simply, are considered legends of ska and reggae music.

Theirs is a unique, original sound born when a teenage Frederick "Toots" Hibbert moved to Kingston in Jamaica in the early 1960s.

There he met Henry Gordon and Nathaniel McCarthy and formed a group, The Maytals.

The vocal trio recorded their first album, Never Grow Old - presenting The Maytals, for producer Clement "Sir Coxsone" Dodd at the iconic Studio One in 1962-63, with musical backing from Dodd's legendary house band, the Skatalites.

The Maytals' close-harmony gospel singing ensured instant success for the 1964 release, rivalling the success of Dodd's other up-and-coming trio, The Wailers.

In 1967, the band officially changed their name to Toots & The Maytals and began working with producer Leslie Kong on a string of hits including Pressure Drop and Do the Reggae, the 1968 single widely credited with coining the word reggae and naming the genre.

The group's first international hit Monkey Man followed in 1970, shortly followed by an appearance in the 1972 cult classic movie The Harder They Come, starring Jimmy Cliff.

Released by Island Records, the film's soundtrack was named as one of Vanity Fair's all time Top LPs.

Five-time Grammy nominees, Toots & The Maytals won the Best Reggae album category in 2005 with True Love, an album which featured re-recorded classic hits alongside popular and legendary artists such as Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt and Keith Richards.

Toots has been absent from the stage for almost three years after being attacked by a drunken fan in the US in 2013 - since when he has received intensive medical therapy and been cleared by his doctor to resume touring.

Toots & The Maytals play Tramshed in Cardiff on Thursday, September 1. For more details, go to

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 14, 2016
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