All set for Tosh concert

Friday, October 20, 2017

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ALL is in place for tomorrow's staging of the tribute concert which is the marquis event for this year's staging of the Peter Tosh Music Festival.

Set for the Pulse Complex in New Kingston, the event features a star-studded line-up of some of reggae's top acts paying tribute to the late reggae icon who was one of the original members of The Wailers, along with Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer.

Kingsley Cooper of the Peter Tosh estate explained that all is set for the concert as the rehearsals started from Tuesday of this week.

“It is a very strong line-up that we have for this concert. All the members of Peter's band Word, Sound and Power are here and the artistes are eager to get on stage and pay tribute to Tosh. This is the second year of this concert and we can really see how Tosh is growing in popularity. That is one of the aims of the festival: to bring Tosh back to the forefront. For a number of years he had faded in the consciousness of many, but with this festival and the establishment of the Peter Tosh Museum we are seeing the growth,” Cooper told Jamaica Observer.

Tomorrow's event will see succeeding generations of Tosh performing — son Andrew and grandson Dre. They will be joined on stage by the likes of Ky-Mani Marley, Toots & The Maytals, Luciano, Queen Ifrica, Freddie McGregor, Jesse Royal, Marcia Griffiths, Ikaya, Nadine Sutherland, and Tony Rebel. International superstar Mick Jagger will join the event via a video link, while Zac Starkey of The Who and son of Ringo Star and Sshh! return to the event for a second year.

Tosh was killed at his St Andrew home in September 1987.

Other activities which form part of the festival are a symposium at The University of the West Indies, Mona, later today. There will be a post-symposium party at the Pulse Centre. On Sunday, the celebrations wrap with a gathering at Tosh's final resting place, the mausoleum at Belmont in Westmoreland.

— Richard Johnson




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