Frederick 'Toots' Hibbert

Biography

Frederick "Toots" Hibbert is a multiple GRAMMY® Award-nominated and winning musician, vocalist, songwriter, producer and icon, known as the frontman of the legendary Jamaican group Toots and the Maytals.

Harking back to the start of Ska, during the civil rights movement era in America and Jamaican independence in the 1960s, Toots has sung iconic truths such as “Monkey Man” and “54-46 Was My Number,” a wry but not bitter response to his unjust incarceration for ganja. 

He hipped our heads in the 1970s with the dynamic pan-Africanism of “Funky Kingston” and the early warning message of “Pressure Drop”; re-defining soul with the “Toots In Memphis” LP in the 80s. 

Toots has constantly evolved while staying uniquely the same.

Since his wrongful 1966 imprisonment – which spawned one of his biggest global hits “54-46 Was My Number” -- Toots has gained insight into the corrupt systems that try to dominate our bravest endeavors, and it is in his new resistance music, that his anger at and sensitivity to injustice in 2020 is clearer than ever.

Returning with a message, with no apology – a warning, as he repeats for emphasis on his latest single "Got To Be Tough." The single comes with the welcomed news of a full-length Toots and The Maytals studio album release – of the same title as the single – set for global release via Trojan Jamaica/BMG Records on August 28, 2020.

(Photo Credit: Royal Vision)

News

  • Toots and the Maytals Win Best Reggae Album at Grammy Awards 2021 for Got To Be Tough

    Toots and the Maytals Win Best Reggae Album at Grammy Awards 2021 for Got To Be Tough

    15th March 2021

    Toots and the Maytals won Best Reggae album at the Grammy Awards 2021 last Sunday for the brilliant album Got To Be Tough. Beating out strong competition from the likes of Buju Banton, Skip Marley, Maxi Priest, and The Wailers; the...

  • RIP Frederick 'Toots' Hibbert

    RIP Frederick 'Toots' Hibbert

    16th September 2020

    Frederick ‘Toots’ Hibbert, Grammy-Award winning multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and front-man of the legendary Jamaican group ‘Toots and the Maytals’, sadly passed away on Friday 11th September at the age of 77.The news was...

  • Toots & the Maytals Announce New Album + Title Track "Got To Be Tough"

    Toots & the Maytals Announce New Album + Title Track "Got To Be Tough"

    17th June 2020

    Legendary Jamaican artist Frederick "Toots" Hibbert returns with his first studio release in more than a decade - the title track "Got To Be Tough" from Toots and the Maytals' full-length album out August 28th via Trojan Jamaica/BMG...