Scene and Heard: Reggae stalwart Toots plays on

Don’t let years of studio inactivity deceive you: Toots and the Maytals have not fallen off artistically, despite a break of nearly nine years between albums of original material.

In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better spokesman for reggae music than the man who invented the term. Frederick (Toots) Hibbert, whose 1968 single Do the Reggay brought the Jamaican music to the masses, enjoyed a rise to international popularity that pre-dated that of Bob Marley by a year or two — which is worth noting, because Hibbert is one of the few reggae giants left standing.

Toots and the Maytals last played Victoria in 2012, when they headlined the Victoria Ska Festival at Ship Point. They are coming back this summer to headline again at the newly rebranded Victoria Ska and Reggae Festival, just their third local performance since 2001.

Toots and Co. were announced this week as part of the

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