Toots and the Maytals, originally called simply The maytals, are considered legends of ska and Reggae music. Their sound is unique, original combination of gospel, ska, soul, Reggae and rock. frederick "Toots" Hibbert, the leader of the group, was born in May Pen in the Parish of Clarendon, Jamaica. He was the youngest of seven children. He grew up singing gospel in a church choir, but moved to Kingston in 1961 when he was 16.