Kingston, Jamaica. On National Heroes Day October the 16th, Frederick Hibbert better known to the world as Toots & the Maytals received the distinguished Order of Jamaica.
This distinction is the second highest honour conferred at the 2012 National Honours and Awards ceremony, nationally broadcast from the lawns of Kings House, the official residence of the Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen, and presided over by Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller.
Having previously received the Order of Distinction (OD), this latest national award now bestoes the title ‘Honourable Frederick ‘Toots’ Hibbert’ as a member of an exclusive national honours club, which includes musical peers Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Jimmy Cliff.
A four time Grammy nominee, Toots & the Maytals won the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Reggae album with True Love. His current album, ‘Unplugged on Strawberry Hill’, the first ever acoustic renderings of his massive hits such as Sweet and Dandy, Monkey Man, Time Tough, Bam Bam, 54-46, Pressure Drop and Do the Reggae -the 1968 single widely credited with coining the word ‘Reggae’ and naming the genre. It was recorded and filmed live on the iconic Blackwell property Strawberry Hill, framed by the Blue Mountains overlooking Kingston at sunset. This unique CD/DVD release is also in contention for a Grammy nomination this year, and it includes the filming of this historic recording session, along with the first ever official documentary of his legendary life titled “Reggae Got Soul: The Story of Toots & the Maytals”.
Toots & The Maytals are embarking on a 20 city US tour in support of this release, performing his hits acoustically for the time ever, with his son Hopeton on bass, drummer Paul Douglas on percussion, backing vocalists Chantelle Ernandez , Elenore Walters and special guest Anders Osborne opening the shows and sitting in with Toots.on all shows except November 2 thru 5. The tour begins October 30th in Ridgefield CT and travels through 20 unforgettable evenings ending on November 21st in San Juan Capistrano, California. Toots will also be performing electric with full band in New Orleans at Voodoo Fest October 27th.
One of the last living greats from the Reggae pantheon, Toots & the Maytals is regarded worldwide as a living legend of Jamaican music With almost 50 years in the business, Toots & the Maytals catalogue has been covered by international artistes ranging from Amy Winehouse to Sublime as the artist’s influence on popular music remains ever more globally relevant. Touring the four corners of the earth as Toots & the Maytals, the artiste has spread true love and spiritual healing through his music.