Montreal - Reggae pioneers Toots & The Maytals were honoured by the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal with the awarding of the Antonio Carlos Jobim Award. The prize was presented to them by Laurent Saulnier, vice-president of programming of the Festival, on stage at their concert on Thursday night.
Toots & The Maytals are the 6th recipients of the Antonio Carlos Jobim Award, created for the Festival’s 25th anniversary to honour artists distinguished in the field of world music whose influence on the evolution of jazz and cultural crossover is widely recognized.
As the ’60s opened, Frederick Nathaniel “Toots” Hibbert and friends Jerry Mathias and Raleigh Gordon released their first ska album on Studio One. By the close of the decade, their group The Maytals would be considered one of Jamaica’s greatest vocal ensembles. They are credited with the first use of the word “reggae” in the title of their song Do the Reggay in 1968. Pioneers if not full-on creators of the form, the band would become legendary, achieving immortality in the 1972 film The Harder They Come, which includes two of their greatest songs. Giants like these don’t visit us every day! Expect a Jamaican party atmosphere when they serve up their cocktail of gospel, ska, soul, reggae and rocksteady.
As winners of the Antonio Carlos Jobim Award, Toots & The Maytals follow in the footsteps of Gilberto Gill (2008), Angelique Kidjo (2007), Salif Keita (2006), Khaled (2005) and Ibrahim Ferrer (2004).
This story appears courtesy of Festival International de Jazz de Montreal.
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