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