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Toots Hibbert boards the acoustic train

Over the past months Tarrus Riley and Clinton Fearon have put out acoustic albums and Richie Spice has announced he has one on the stove as well.

Now they’re joined by iconic gritty soulful reggae singer Toots Hibbert. His first ever acoustic set Unplugged on Strawberry Hill dropped on August 6 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Jamaican Independence Day.

The Grammy award-winning Toots Hibbert has recorded some immortal reggae, ska and rocksteady tunes, and some of these are now re-done with sparse laid-back rock arrangements using only acoustic guitar, bass, percussion and vocals – Toots Hibbert on lead and his two daughters on back-up.

Unplugged on Strawberry Hill was recorded at Chris Blackwell’s sun kissed property in Jamaica and includes twelve tracks mostly covering the 60’s and 70’s with gems such as 54-46 and Funky Kingston as well as Pressure Drop and Sweet and Dandy, also included on the classic soundtrack to the cult motion picture The Harder They Come.

Toots’ bruised singing is as memorable as ever and is luckily enough given plenty of space to present these songs in a fresh context.

The album also includes the bonus DVD documentary Reggae Got Soul, containing rare live footage from Toots’ performance at Rockpalast in 1981, interviews with other artists and liner notes contributed by modeling singer Grace Jones.

Below you can check an edited version of the documentary featuring Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and Willie Nelson along with Toots himself.

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Mr. Vegas aims to save foundation reggae

Dancehall superstar Mr. Vegas is on a mission and wants to save foundation reggae music. He has started a petition and his upcoming double album Sweet Jamaica is a tribute to reggae from the 60’s and 70’s.

I got a chat with him in mid January after his rehearsals for the Shaggy & Friends benefit concert in Jamaica. He stresses that he doesn’t want to be seen as a savior and reveals his respect for legendary vocalist Toots Hibbert. Check the full story over at United Reggae.

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