All set for Tosh tribute

Observer senior reporter

Saturday, October 20, 2018

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All is in place for tonight's tribute to Reggae legend Peter Tosh set for the Pulse Complex in New Kingston.

An impressive slate of acts including Luciano, Jah9, Jah Cure, Etana, Rygin King, Jesse Royal, Christopher Martin, Bushman, and Dre Tosh, all backed by the 809 Band, is expected to deliver at the third such annual concert, which celebrates the birth of the artiste who was born Winston Hubert McIntosh, on October 19, 1944. He was murdered on September 11, 1987. Had he been alive, Tosh would have been 74 years old.

Producer of tonight's event Copeland Forbes confirmed that all is set for the showcase.

“The rehearsals have been going really good and the artistes are very, very happy. As a matter of fact every artiste is asking for this band to be their personal band as they are so professional. We have just gotten news that Andrew Tosh is back in the island. Being the heir to the throne, we are pleased to have him. He went to South Africa and should have continued on to Malawi, but it seems as though he didn't make it there.”

Forbes noted that injection of young talent into the line-up has upped the level of anticipation.

“The vibe on this show is unbelievable. I don't know if it's due to the young artistes who are one the line-up. I think that's what it is, as a lot of the young people are now looking to come out and see their favourite young act pay tribute to a legend. That thing about special price for students with ID is also working.”

“I'm happy because that's one thing I've always wanted. Peter Tosh's music needs to get to the young ones because for a lot of them were not even born when he died, so most of them don't know much of his music apart from the popular ones... everybody knows Legalize It. I feel very confident that it will be a great show. Saturday (today) is also Luciano's birthday and he is planning to give up a birthday performance. Everybody also wants to see young Rygin King,” he continued

Forbes further noted that plans are afoot to take this show on the road.

“We have also gotten some interest from overseas. The promoters of the Jamaica 50 concerts at the O2 in London, has been sending me emails that they would like to have this package of artistes under the same umbrella of a Tribute to Peter Tosh in Europe. So that is something to look at for 2019,” said Forbes.

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