Peter Tosh – Reggae Sunsplash, July 1980 Ranny Williams Entertainment Center, Kingston, Jamaica Full Concert

Peter Tosh – Reggae Sunsplash, July 1980 Ranny Williams Entertainment Center, Kingston, Jamaica Full Concert

A wicked set from Peter Tosh.  He does some great songs like Hammer and Recruiting Soldiers.  A fairly good audience recording.  Many thanks as always to the tapers who help document these precious moments in music history.  And thanks to Johnny and Claude for help finally getting the venue and correct city.

1-Intro-Announce-400 Years
2-400 years
3-stteping razor
4-African
5-I, m the Toughest
6-Bush Doctor
7-Speech
8-Dont look back

CD2

1-Get up Stand up
2-Recruiting Soldiers
3-Hammer
4-Babylon Queendom – Talking for more –
5-Buck-in-Ham Palace

Peter Tosh – Bethesda, MD 3/14/79 in the WHFS studio

Peter Tosh

Bethesda, MD  3/14/79 in the WHFS studio that afternoon, (7″ reel@ 3.75 ips)  Peter hangs out in the studio, gives interviews between songs, & plays a little acoustic guitar.  A great piece of Peter Tosh musical history. Thanks to the original taper.

Pick Myself Up (song is missing)
I am That  I am
Stand Firm
interview
Jah Is My King {Creation} (acoustic)
interview
Commercials
Ketchy Shubby
Stepping Razor
interview
Don”T Look Back (with Mick Jagger)
interview
Jah God
Get A Beaten
Get UP Stand Up
Interview
Commercials
interview
?
400 Years

All one track. this what it includes in order. Almost best to download and listen to instead of playing in your browser.

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Peter and Donald Kindsey

 

 

Peter Tosh – Rebel with a Cause, Reggae’s unsung Revolutionary.

Peter Tosh  – Rebel with a Cause, Reggae’s unsung Revolutionary.

 

To mention Peter Tosh in the same circle as Malcolm X, Che Guevara, or Nelson Mandela is not uncommon. Peter was a true revolutionary, activist, and a rebel witha cause.  To wake up peoples slumbering mentality as he would put it, toshake up the system with Truths and Rights, Peter Tosh was like no other rebel.  He used the power of reggae music to spread his messages.  Never underestimate the power of music.  His stance on the Legalization of Marijuana lead to him being beaten numerous times, but he  was not afraid to speak his mind and Get Up Stand Up for his and our rights.

In recent years many have wondered why someone who gave so much seem almost forgotten. As an original member of the Wailing Wailers (The Wailers & Bob Marley and the Wailers) Peter was an original driving force in Jamaican Music in the late 60’s, and onward tell his tragic death in 1987.  He, Bob Marley, and Bunny Wailer helpedbring reggae music to the world and influencing many worldwide to learn more about Rastafari and their African Heritage. Peter was the only Wailer who could play an instrument and is know to have taught Bob how to play.  He wrote and arranged manyof The Wailers early songs. In 1973, he left the group for a solo career and went onto create historic LP’s like Legalize It and Equal Rights.

 

Though perennially overshadowed by Marley, Peter’s militant style and views on life often appealed to many more than Marley’s more loveable friendly personality.  “In places like Africa, Peter is an even more respected star than Bob because of his militancy,” says reggae archivist Roger Steffens. “He was almost beaten to death on several occasions by Jamaican police because of his anti-establishment views. He didn’t just talk the talk, he walked the walk — and people respect that all over the word.”

 

Peter was a amazing person who not only influenced Jamaican musical history but through his music, words, and philosophy have impacted millions worldwide. I love Peters out-spoken militant personality that refused to be scared to speak his mind especially when it involved Truths and Rights and the Legalization of Herb.  Legalize It is more than an anthem, it is a whole Movement world-wide.  If still alive today, I know he would be at the forefront of the battle to Legalize It!  Peter’s music and messages have been a inspiration to myself and others and will continue to be for many generations.  People will always need to Get Up, Stand Up for their rights and Peter should be recognized for his contributions to the world just as  much as Bob Marley or any other freedom fighter that has received large media attention.  A true Rebel speaking for Equal Rights and Justice.

Visit the Peter Tosh Tribute Site for rare pictures, video, and music. HERE

By John DuBois (Dubwise Garage) Jan. 14th 2012

 

Joe Higgs, The Father of Reggae

 From my Joe Higgs Tribute Page . Below is a piece by Marcia Higgs and also info. from Wiki.

Who is JOE HIGGS and why was he dubbed

“FATHER OF REGGAE?” 
– Marcia Higgs

According to reggae music history, in the early 1950s through 1960s, when it was virtually impossible for the residents of TRENCH TOWN and other neighboring communities to even be considered for “menial” jobs in Jamaica’s main-stream work force, it was JOE HIGGS that these “other” underprivileged ghetto outcasts would ultimately turn to for musical guidance. Though a youth himself at the time, this self-taught musical prodigy was said to have converted his 19 THIRD STREET, TRENCH TOWN, tenement backyard into a sort of musical training camp, where he would teach his peers some of the lessons
he had learned. These music lessons, or “jam-sessions” as they were commonly called, were often rigorous in voice technique, breath control, harmony structuring, effective song-writing, and of course, learning to play the “box” guitar.


 Joe Higgs (born Joseph Benjamin Higgs, 3 June 1940 – 18 December 1999) was a reggae musician from Jamaica. In the late 1950s and 1960s he was part of the duo Higgs and Wilson together with Roy Wilson. He was a popular artist in Jamaica for four decades and is also known for his work tutoring younger musicians including The Wailers and Jimmy Cliff.

Higgs was instrumental in the foundation of modern Jamaican music, first recording in 1958 for producer and businessman (and later Jamaican Prime Minister) Edward Seaga, both as a solo artist and with Roy Wilson. He is often called the “Godfather of Reggae”. His first release (with Wilson) was “Oh Manny Oh” in 1958, which was one of the first records to be pressed in Jamaica and went on to sell 50,000 copies. Higgs and Wilson also recorded for Clement “Coxsone” Dodd in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The partnership with Wilson dissolved in 1964 when Wilson emigrated to the United States. Higgs then concentrated on a solo career and also worked with Carlos Malcolm and the Afro-Jamaican Rhythms, before joining Lynn Taitt’s The Soul Brothers as lead vocalist.

Higgs mentored young singers in his yard and began working with Bob Marley in 1959. In fact, it was at one of the informal music lessons Joe Higgs held in Trench Town, that Bob and Bunny Livingston met Peter Tosh.[3][4] Marley acknowledged later on that Higgs had been an influential figure for him, while Higgs described their time together: “I am the one who taught the Wailers the craft, who taught them certain voice technique”. It was Higgs who introduced the Wailers to Dodd in 1963 Higgs has also been described as the “Father of Reggae” by Jimmy Cliff. For a while Higgs toured with Cliff, acting as his bandleader as well as writing songs for Cliff including “Dear Mother”, and also performed with The Wailers on their US tour when Bunny Wailer refused to go on the tour in 1973. Higgs wrote “Steppin’ Razor” in 1967 as his entry in the Festival Song Contest, later recorded by Tosh without crediting Higgs. Higgs later won a court case to establish his rights as composer but never received any profits from the song’s success.

Higgs won the Jamaican Tourist Board Song Competition in 1972 with “Invitation to Jamaica”, released as a single on his own Elevation label, and much of his best-known solo work was issued in the 1970s. Singles included “More Slavery” (released on Micron), “Creation” (Ethnic Fight), “Let Us Do Something” (Elevation), and “World Is Upside Down” (Island). His debut album, Life of Contradiction, had been recorded in 1972 for Island Records, but as Island boss Chris Blackwell felt that it would be difficult to market it remained unreleased until 1975, when it was issued by Micron Music and has been described as “a seminally sophisticated work combining reggae, jazz, and rhythm and blues influences to create a new texture that would have a profound effect on the best Jamaican music to follow”.  As well as The Wailers, Higgs also helped several other singers and groups including The Wailing Souls. His second album, Unity Is Power, was released in 1979 and further singles followed on Cliff’s Sunpower label and Bunny Wailer’s Solominic imprint.His 1983 single “So It Go”, with a lyric critical of the Jamaican government of the day was banned from airplay and led to harassment which would eventually lead to Higgs relocating to Los Angeles, where he lived for the rest of his life. Two further albums were released in the 1980s, Triumph (1985) and Family (1988), and in 1990 he recorded Blackman Know Yourself on which he was backed by the Wailers Band, and includes covers of the Marley/Lee Perry songs “Small Axe” and “Sun Is Shining”. In 1995, his final album was issued, Joe and Marcia Together, a collaboration with his daughter.

A majority of Higgs’ songs were connected to his impoverished life in Trenchtown where he grew up. Higgs considered that it was out of the poverty and violence of Kingston’s shantytowns such as Trenchtown and Johnstown that the reggae music had grown. Before reggae hit big on the western music scene with Bob Marley, it was understood as a “ghetto music”. Higgs was the very first artist out the ghetto music scene to have lyrics which primarily dealt with every day troubles. In his own words:

“Music is a matter of struggle. It’s not good that it’s known you’re from Trenchtown. Reggae is a confrontation of sound. Reggae has to have that basic vibrant sound that is to be heard in the ghetto. It’s like playing the drum and bass very loud. Those are the basic sounds. A classical reggae should be accepted in any part of the world. Freedom, that’s what it’s asking for; acceptance, that’s what it needs, and understanding, that’s what reggae’s saying. You have a certain love come from hard struggle, long suffering. Through pain you guard yourself with that hope of freedom, not to give up…””

Higgs died of cancer on 18 December 1999 at Kaiser Hospital in Los Angeles.[2] At the time of his death he was working with Roger Steffens on an official biography, and had been working on a collaboration with Irish artists for the Green on Black album.He was survived by twelve children, including his daughter Marcia, who is a rapper, and son Peter, a studio guitarist.

In 2007, the Joe Higgs Music Awards were established in his honour.

Tons more pictures and live music on my website tribute to Joe Higgs  HERE

 

 

 Here is a  great interview from the Reggae Beat Radio show from KCRW in Santa Monica, CA

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