Toots & the Maytals head up reggae night at Represent
In a landmark year for Jamaican culture around the world this edition of Represent was an explosion of the best the island has to offer past present and future. From Manchester’s Janice Graham Band’s distinctly British take on reggae roots, to the legendary Trojan Soundsystem keeping things going between live acts; from the leaders of the new school of UK soundystem culture The Heatwave to Natty’s unique soulful sound; the party was already in full force when Toots opened with the massive ‘Pressure Drop’, barely even getting a chance to sing any of the words as the crowd took over in a mass chorus. The man himself was backed of course by the mighty Maytals, playing all the hits like they were just written yesterday and backed by two powerful female singers on vox.
Looking sharp in shades and his now trademark waistcoast Toots proved beyond any doubt that he hasn’t lost any of his mojo, in spite of some of these songs being almost forty years old. Closer ‘Monkey Man’ capped an evening of pure positivity and celebration in the truest Jamaican fashion.