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Toots & the Maytals at the Chautauqua Auditorium show preview


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Toots & the Maytals @ Chautauqua Auditorium, Monday, July 29, 7:30 p.m., 900 Baseline Road, Boulder, $31-$51, 303/442-3282,

Long before Jamaica gave us dub, dancehall or even reggae, it graced us with Frederick “Toots” Hibbert and his band The Maytals. Along with Jimmy Cliff, Hibbert is the best-known pioneer of the original ska movement, and the parallels don’t end there. Both moved to Kingston in the early 1960s, recorded breakthrough hits with producer Leslie Kong, are revered by each new wave of ska revivalists, and today, in their 70s, are still touring internationally.

Hibbert’s best-known contributions to the ska and reggae canons include “Pressure Drop,” “Monkey Man,” and “Do the Reggay,” which was the first popular song to make mention of the genre that would eclipse ska as Jamaica’s best-known export.

Last year, he and his grandson, the rapper King Trevy, recorded a song called “Ten Shillings,” which looks back on Toots’ experiences in the recording industry. “I sang several No. 1 songs but got little or nothing; sometimes they would buy me a patty,” he told an interviewer for the Caribbean media site
Loop News. “But I loved the music so much, I just did it anyway.”

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