Live from the sunny island of Jamaica! Home of Toots and the Maytals, home of Bob Marley, home of REGGAE!
No no, I’m kidding.. I am sitting in my lil’ garden in Houston. But the reggae spirit is alive, so welcome to my site!!
My name is Isaac Barrington (what a great last name right, ever heard of Barrington Levy? (Check him out!) and I’m the host of this official Toots and the Maytals fan site!
Here’s my story.
Born on June 13th, 1984 (jaa man, I know, long time ago) in Toronto as a son of a Ghanaian father and a Jamaican mother, I moved to Atlanta with both of them when I was 4 years old. My father was (and still is) a busy man, working as a manager in an accounting firm. My mother is the sweetest lady on earth and has been working for the Salvation Army next to her part-time job as spatial planner.
I had a wonderful youth, full of love and REGGAE music! My first musical memory dates back from when I think I was 6 years old. I remember my parents had organized a little party for their relatively new friends in Atlanta, and close to the end of the evening, my dad pulled one of his old Toots and the Maytals LPs out of the dusty closet in the hallway, and put it on his old but still fancy looking turntable. I will probably never forget the moment when the music started to play. The rhythm was so uplifting and propelling and it didn’t take long before everyone was dancing and acting crazy in our living room.
That was when I decided that I had to learn how to play that music. So, still at the age of 6, after asking my parents about a thousand times about it, they got me my first guitar and registered me for guitar lessons. I was the happiest kid alive and spent hours and hours (partly in front of the mirror) trying to sing and play the guitar and especially trying to get that off-beat rhythm that is so hard to grasp right. I tried to save every dollar that I got, and as soon as I could, I bought new records of Toots and the Maytals. In high school I formed my own small Reggae / Ska band called The Anglophones, with Angelo the drummer, Steve the keyboard player, Ricky on the bass, me on the guitar and singing, and later Souley on percussion. After two years of very small but cool performances in tiny bars in Atlanta, we expanded the band with two amazing female background vocalists, Aaliyah and Maia and we toured around the bigger bars, clubs and festivals in the state of Atlanta and Florida. Man, we rocked Pressure Drop at that time!!
Anyway, at one point, life got serious after I finished college and soon I began working as a marketer for one of the bigger, independent marketing agencies.
Of course, I still make music almost everyday and I’m slowly but steadily becoming an expert on Toots and the Maytals. And that’s why I got to manage this OFFICIAL TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS FAN SITE!
Here, you can find everything Toots and the Maytals: their complete discography and biography, links to their social media, and upcoming events!
Thank you for being here! I appreciate you spending your time to visit this site!
One love, blessings!