This past weekend, coming off the heels of the 25th anniversary of his death, and in celebration of what would have been his 68th upcoming birthday, Peter Tosh was celebrated in his native Jamaica during its Day of Heroes ceremony with a posthumous Order of Merit. Additionally, his life was the focus of a symposium at UWI, with panelist including his children.
See the details below…
…Tosh, one of Jamaica’s undisputed reggae icons, was not only one of the founding members of one of the greatest reggae groups ever to come out of Jamaica, The Wailers, but was also known as an unapologetic revolutionary and champion for equal rights and justice.
Tosh was more than just a musician, he was an agitator, advocate, activist and protagonist and epitomised in every way the political dimension of Rastafari in all its glory….
…Twenty five years after his passing in this 50th commemorative year of Jamaica’s Independence, Tosh now joins his former band mate, Bob Marley, in being awarded Jamaica’s third highest-honour. No other reggae artistes, other than the indomitable Jimmy Cliff and Bob Marley, have achieved this distinction…
Check out the full story here: Peter Tosh symposium to help sing Happy Birthday – Entertainment – Jamaica Gleaner – Saturday | October 13, 2012.
For those who may need a primer on Mr. Tosh, look no farther than Stepping Razor Red X, the 1993 documentary on the artist and activist’s life, which can be viewed in it’s entirety below.