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Reggae Artists Toots Hibbert Wins Grammy Award Posthumously


By Steve Osaka

Reggae artist Toots Hibbert won the Best Reggae Album Posthumously at the 2021 Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles in the US.

“Got To be Tough” by Toots and the Maytals was announced the winner of the Best Reggae Album.

This is the second Grammy win for the Band Toots and the Maytals having won in 2004 for their Album “True Love”.

The soulful Singer and his band are considered as pioneers of the reggae genre.

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“Got To Be Tough” was their first studio album released in by the band in over a decade, it was released in August 2020 just a few weeks before Toots’ death which arose from complications from the Corona virus and long time health issues.

It comprises 10 tracks including a collaboration with Ziggy Marley on the track “Three Little Birds”.

Toots had taken a long hiatus in preparing his final album after an ugly incident in which he was hit with a bottle while performing.

The album has been described as ‘political and a wake up call’, it’s a testimony about oppression, systematic and social injustices.

The band led by Toots has been in existence since the 1960s, they floored Buju Banton ‘Upside down’, Skip Marley ‘Higher place’, Maxi Priest ‘It all comes back to love’ and the Wailers ‘One World’ for the coveted Best Reggae Album.