Toots pays tribute to Marley

Monday, August 27, 2018

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As part of the golden anniversary celebrations of reggae as a music form, artiste Toots Hibbert, who has been recognised as the innovator of the genre, has dropped a commemorative track.

The single, A Song Call Marley is said to reflect on the friendship between Hibbert and reggae king Bob Marley, during the early years.

“We used to uplift each other with our words,” the songwriter said in a statement.

“I had known Bob for a long time and we used to be very close.” He added, “He always loved my songs and I've always loved his songs … his ideas… he's a great guy,” he continued.

A Song Call Marley was written by Hibbert, who also plays bass and keyboards on the track.

Toots and the Maytals was set to wrap up its summer tour schedule last Friday with a stop at the Lockn' Festival in Arrington, Virginia. This marks the first time Hibbert is performing in that state after he was struck by a glass vodka bottle during a performance at the Dominion Riverrock Outdoor Sports and Music Festival in Richmond back in 2013. He was taken to hospital and treated for a wound. Nineteen-year-old William Connor Lewis was subsequently arrested and charged with aggravated assault and public intoxication. He later received a six-month jail sentence for throwing the bottle.

In 2014 Hibbert settled the US$20-million lawsuit he filed against the organisers of the festival. However, none of the parties involved would disclose details of the settlement.

The 76-year-old singer recently told Rolling Stone magazine that he “suffered a lot” from physical and emotional damage after the incident, but he's excited to return to the stage. “That's where I want to be – that's where I want my energy,” he said.

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