Toots & the Maytals: From the Roots

Toots & the Maytals: From the Roots


Frederick “Toots” Hibbert’s importance to music extends far beyond his group the Maytals coining the term “reggay” in 1968. The Jamaicans gave us the irresistible bass line of Pressure Drop, the loping 54–46 Was My Number (about Toots’s time in prison) and the love-rival dissing of Monkey Man in 1970, their first global hit.

This history of the legendary live performers features gig and backstage footage, and will no doubt touch on their resurgence in popularity during the UK ska revival among bands like the Clash and the Specials. But the Maytals were there at the start. A chance to Toot their own horn indeed.


The story of Jamaican musician Frederick `Toots' Hibbert, who helped define reggae and ska with his band the Maytals. Featuring performance and backstage footage of the group.

Cast & Crew

Actor Frederick Hibbert