TOOTS & THE MAYTALS AT CHAUTAUQUA AUDITORIUM

Toots & The Maytals

Toots is one of the true architects of reggae – so much so that “Do the Reggay,” a 1968 single by Toots and his group, the Maytals, is credited with giving the genre its name. Classic songs written and recorded by Toots and the Maytals have been covered by the likes of the Clash and the Specials, and the group was featured in reggae’s greatest breakthrough event – “The Harder They Come,” the 1972 film that became an international sensation.

The all-star guests on TRUE LOVE range from legends like Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, and Bonnie Raitt to younger stars including No Doubt, the Roots, and Phish’s Trey Anastasio. The caliber of these collaborators reveals the impact that Toots has had on several generations of rockers and rappers, while appearances from reggae icons Bunny Wailer and Marcia Griffiths show the respect granted to the man who might be the music’s greatest living vocalist. At the heart of it all is that voice – drenched in soul, rooted in gospel, and still breathtakingly powerful after almost four decades in the spotlight.

Selasee & The Fafa Family

Born in Accra, Ghana, Selasee grew up exposed to the colorful and energetic sounds of Highlife Music. With this exposure Selasee created his own style—a unique blend of Reggae, West African Highlife and American Pop music. Threading together English and West African lyrics for a bright and captivating sound.

Growing up in Accra, he realized his passion for music and gained a good understanding on music’s effect on people. Performing at school, church and being around his elders, Selasee developed and cultivated his musical talents. In 1995, he formed the African Pop group Makuma thus releasing a self titled album “Makuma.” In 1996, Selasee formed a gospel group called Heart To Heart who in 1997 recorded a debut album “Love For All” followed by “Heart To Heart.”

In 2000, Selasee immigrated to the US where he continued to aspire on his solo career. During this time, Selasee signed on with Running Dreams Records under management with Sean Cassidy. In 2005, Selasee recorded his debut album “Run” on Running Dreams Records. That same year the title track “Run” won first place in the World Music genre of the International Song Writers Competition. The Tracks “Run” and “Makuma” were also featured in the 2006 FIFA Soccer and 2007 Cricket video games by EA Sports.

In 2006, Selasee performed at MIDEM 06’ in Nice, France and MUSEXPO 06’ in Los Angeles, California. In 2009 he was honored by The Independent Music Awards winning the "Best World Fusion Song" award.

In 2010, Selasee recorded and released his latest album named “African Gate” on Black Eye Watching Label. In 2013, Selasee embarked on a new album being produced by the legendary Aston "Family Man" Barrett of Bob Marley & The Wailers—Bob Marley's Music Director. This album will also include special appearances by the Legendary Frankie Paul, Anthony B as well a number of up and coming reggae artists. The album is due to be released in the later part of 2014.

On the touring circuit, Selasee has shared the stage with reggae legends Steel Pulse, The Wailers, Third World, The Mighty Diamonds, Don Carlos, Barrington Levy, King Yellowman, The Melodians and Anthony B. .

In his own words—“Humility is power!”

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