Legendary Toots and the Maytals release a cover of the Bob Marley classic, ‘Three Little Birds’ featuring Bob’s son Ziggy Marley. The track also features percussion from Ringo Starr, plus Zak Starkey on guitar, and drums from Sly Dunbar (of Sly & Robbie).

Listen to ‘Three Little Birds’ Ft. Ziggy Marley HERE.

‘Three Little Birds’ Ft. Ziggy Marley debuted today on Ebro Darden’s Beats 1 show on Apple Music, and is the third track to be released from their highly anticipated forthcoming studio album ‘Got To Be Tough,’ out via Trojan Jamaica/BMG on 28th August.

Preceding today’s release, ‘Got To Be Tough’ the single [LISTEN/WATCH], came in June and was the first original release from Toots in almost a decade, and was hailed as an “inspirational anthem” by PASTE Magazine and recognized as a “reminder to stay strong when corrupt systems rear their heads” by Rolling Stone Magazine.  ‘Warning Warning’ [LISTEN/WATCH] followed in July, with Consequence of Sound applauding the song for showcasing “leader and founder Frederick “Toots” Hibbert’s enduring commitment to social justice issues.”

The energizing provocation of the forthcoming album Got To Be Tough renews the near six-decade career of the man who launched a new sound and genre with his 1968 release, ‘Do The Reggay.’ It’s a reminder that through Toots’ creative veins run all the roots and shoots of the Black Diaspora. Blues, soul, r’n’b, funk, jazz, reggae, African griots – Toots honors, embodies and owns them. Throwing down an authoritative guide: how to survive and thrive among our earth challenges.

He hipped our heads in the 1970s with the dynamic pan-Africanism of ‘Funky Kingston’ and the early warning message of ‘Pressure Drop’; re-defining soul with the ‘Toots In Memphis’ LP in the 80s.

Toots has constantly evolved while staying uniquely the same.

The multiple GRAMMY® Award nominated and winning musician, vocalist, songwriter, producer and icon has made the wait worthwhile, producing the album himself, he has crafted a stubborn groove, designed to inspire tenacity, while splendidly balancing joy and anger, pain and healing.

Tough, though the message is, your body has to respond to these songs, and your mind will follow. An impeccable performer himself, Toots knows that the dance itself is a primal exorcism; a greater guarantee than any that, helped by heeding this warning, we will live to ‘Do The Reggay’ into the 21st century and beyond.

Got To Be Tough the album will be available worldwide from 28th August.


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