Toots and the Maytals - The UC Theatre 1st Anniversary Show

Toots and the Maytals - The UC Theatre 1st Anniversary Show


Fri, April 14, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


Tickets at the Door

Toots and the Maytals
Toots and the Maytals
Toots is one of the true architects of reggae – so much so that “Do the Reggay,” a 1968 single by Toots and his group, the Maytals, is credited with giving the genre its name. Classic songs written and recorded by Toots and the Maytals have been covered by the likes of the Clash and the Specials, and the group was featured in reggae’s greatest breakthrough event – “The Harder They Come,” the 1972 film that became an international sensation.

The all-star guests on TRUE LOVE range from legends like Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, and Bonnie Raitt to younger stars including No Doubt, the Roots, and Phish’s Trey Anastasio. The caliber of these collaborators reveals the impact that Toots has had on several generations of rockers and rappers, while appearances from reggae icons Bunny Wailer and Marcia Griffiths show the respect granted to the man who might be the music’s greatest living vocalist. At the heart of it all is that voice – drenched in soul, rooted in gospel, and still breathtakingly powerful after almost four decades in the spotlight.
Surrounded by music and dance all of her life, this unique and aspiring female entertainer from Kingston Jamaica has spent many years singing and performing on stages around the world. The lyrics of one of her songs, expresses the passion she has for her art. “Music is in my body, makes me wanna dance. Music is in my soul, makes me wanna sing”, tells the story of singer/songwriter Leba Hibbert’s life.

This sultry and talented artist has recorded with numerous popular reggae acts including Japanese reggae star Nahki, Sly and Robbie and Jimmy Cliff on the sound track of the movie “Lion King.” She has been the foundation of Toots and The Maytals backing vocals for many years, where she graces the stage with her famed father, Toots Hibbert.

Leba has had chart topping songs dating back to 1989 when “54-46”, a duo she started with her sister Melanie, recorded “Ooh La La” and some other R&B covers for reggae producers Sly and Robbie on their “Taxi” label. “Ooh La La” topped the British Black Echo charts twice, while the cover of “Never Get To Heaven” charted well enough to help them secure a recording contract in 1990 with Island Records' Mango label.

Another successful project, in which Leba collaborates with well known Jamaican vocalists Pam Hall and Keisha Patterson, is “Kingston Ladies,” a trio with a unique urban reggae sound. They recorded an album for French reggae producer, Pierre Simone in late 2003, and did some outstanding promotional tours in France in 2004 and 2005. The group also performed at the revived Jamaican Reggae Sunsplash in August 2006, and received exceptional reviews. Leba maintains relations with the "Taxi Label,” performing background vocals on many of the label’s hits, and lead vocals on two songs for Sly and Robbie’s 1999 Grammy award-winning album entitled “Friends.” Her powerful lead vocals also energized “Amazing,” the title track for their 2009 Grammy nominated album. Leba performed backing vocals on Toots and The Maytals’ 2005 Grammy winning album “True Love,” and played the lead role in the video of her cover of CeCe Peniston’s “Finally,” which was produced by the “Taxi Label".

More recently, she collaborated with popular DJ Turbulance on a song and video called “Criminal of Love” for World Boss label. Her debut solo Album was released on April 23, 2012 and is now available on iTunes etc. This album that she co-produced, showcases Leba’s extensive talents as a singer/songwriter, and presents a skillful blend of diverse vocals and rhythmic styles laced with sometimes subtle, but exciting reggae grooves and overtones.

With all these commitments, Leba credits her son CJ with helping to keep her focused, and for being her constant source of inspiration. Her soulful voice has an unassailable conviction, and she brings a unique sound to the Jamaican music scene that moves and captivates all who listen. This new album is sure to be everything music lovers expect it to be, and much more...
Venue Information:
The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall
2036 University Avenue
near Downtown Berkeley BART
Berkeley, CA, 94704