Toots and the Maytals: Reggae Got Soul

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Toots and the Maytals: Reggae Got Soul


Wednesday Jul 01 07:30 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


About the Film:


Directed by George Scott. UK. 2011. 59 min.
July 1 at 7:30pm
Reggae Got Soul: The Story of Toots and the Maytals looks at the untold story of Reggae legend Toots Hibbert of Toots & the Maytals. It features intimate new acoustic performances and interviews with Toots, as well as rare archive footage from throughout his career. Interviews with contemporaries and admirers include Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Jimmy Cliff, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Marcia Griffiths and Paolo Nutini. From his beginnings as a singer in a Jamaican church to the universally praised, Grammy Award–winning artist of today, the film is the definitive documentary on one of the most influential artists ever to come out of Jamaica.

Toots was the first to use the word reggae on tape, in his 1968 song Do the Reggae, and his music has defined, popularized and refined it across six decades, with hit after hit including Pressure Drop, Sweet and Dandy, Monkey Man, Funky Kingston, Bam
Bam, True Love Is Hard To Find and Reggae Got Soul. As Island Records founder Chris Blackwell says, “The Maytals were unlike anything else...sensational, raw and dynamic.” Always instantly recognizable is Toots's powerful, soulful voice, which seems to speak viscerally to the listener—“one of the great musical gifts of our time.” His songs are at the same time stories of everyday life in Jamaica and postcards from another world.

See the trailer.

About International Reggae Day (IRD)
International Reggae Day is an annual 24-hour global media festival utilizing the power of music, media and technology to celebrate the impact of Jamaican music as a lifestyle culture and unite, inspire and uplift the global Reggae community. Founded on July 1, 1994, by Andrea Davis, manager for legendary Toots & the Maytals and creative industries consultant, IRD media festival includes participation from an international network of traditional and new media including radio and television, newspapers, magazines and online platforms from bloggers to radio stations, each presenting special programming content on July 1 each year.

This year Honolulu joins host city Kingston in the global celebration with 
other cities represented including New York, Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Bombay and London. IRD celebrations include parties, yoga in the park, pop-up shops, digital art exhibitions, live performance streams as well as special screenings of Reggae Got Soul: The Story of Toots and the Maytal. IRD support the Toots Foundation and the Alpha Boys School, Jamaica¹s oldest music education program. | @ireggaeday | |

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