Toots and the Maytels' combination of great reggae rhythms, heartfelt vocals, and soulful gospel influence remains potent and powerful - probably the most cohesive mix of reggae and soul music ever, and still going strong with generations of fans. Current record holders of the most number one hits in Jamaica, their sound is a unique, original combination of gospel, ska, soul, reggae and rock. Frederick Toots" Hibbert, the leader of the group, was born in May Pen in the Parish of Clarendon, Jamaica. He formed the group, and they recorded their first album, Never Grow Old - presenting the Maytals, for producer Clement "Coxsone" Dodd at Studio One. The Maytals' close-harmony gospel singing ensured instant success for the release, overshadowing Dodd's other up-and-coming gospel trio, The Wailers. Their collaboration with Chinese-Jamaican producer Leslie Kong produced three classic albums and a string of hits throughout the late sixties and early seventies - "Do the Reggay", a single widely credited with coining the word reggae, "Pressure Drop", "54-46 was my number" and "Monkey Man", the group's first international hit. The group was featured in one of reggae's greatest breakthrough events - The Harder They Come, the film and soundtrack starring Jimmy Cliff, named as one of Vanity Fair's Top 10 Best Soundtracks of all time. Following Kong's death, they continued to record with Kong's former sound engineer, Warwick Lyn; produced by Lyn and Chris Blackwell of Island Records, the group released three best-selling albums, and enjoyed international hits with Funky Kingston and Reggae Got Soul. Toots and the Maytals' compositions were given a second airing in 1978-80 during the reggae-punk and ska revival period in the UK, when The Specials included "Monkey Man" on their debut album and The Clash produced their version of "Pressure Drop". Sublime recorded cover versions of some Maytals songs as well. The band has been nominated for has been nominated for five Grammy Awards, winning one for Best Reggae Album of the Year with True Love. .
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Frequently Asked Questions about booking Toots & The Maytals.
Toots & The Maytals's current work schedule and location in relation to your event's type, date, budget, and locality will play a primary factor in the acceptance of booking Toots & The Maytals for your party. As long as your funding is commensurate to the price range to book Toots & The Maytals, CTI will propose your event to the official agency representing Toots & The Maytals. After we consult with them, we can circle back with you to provide a personal and accurate quote that includes: final costs, availability, and actual interest in being hired for your specific event or party.
CTI can give you the Toots & The Maytals booking price once we submit your event details to their camp. "How much does it cost to book Toots & The Maytals for an event?" is a frequent question we get, but the final Toots & The Maytals booking price is contingent on many variables and the booking fee we show is based on a range derived from our past experience with what will Toots & The Maytals charge for an event. Also, thier speaking fee might be different than the fee shown for the cost to perform or to just appear. Popularity, career stage, along with current demand will cause fluctuations in their speaking price too. The final booking price may be more than what is shown, but you should at least have a budget within that range for them to consider an appearance, performance or speaking engagement.
There is low probability to book Toots & The Maytals for a party with anything substantially less than the published booking cost price range. We will negotiate with the Toots & The Maytals agent on your behalf, but if your funding is not in place then it will more difficult to book Toots & The Maytals, because they get many offers to work events that are at or above asking price. It is also important to consider the travel costs when researching the Toots & The Maytals booking fee, as additional expenses like this, as well as an entourage of staff and equipment, are not necessarily built-in to the booking fee range shown. If your budget does not factor that in, then there is no benefit for them to want to be hired. We do not personally speak for Toots & The Maytals, but in our experience in booking talent for over 25 years, this is generally the outcome of inadequate funding.
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