By KELVIN KACHINGWE
CACTUS Agony, Crucial Lions, Bantu Roots, True Africans, Tikuza, Lion Gates, Jasper Mix, Mystic Africa and Burning Youth are some of the musicians expected to perform at the 27th anniversary of reggae legend Peter Tosh at the Munda Wanga Botanic Gardens in Chilanga next month.
Conscious Sounds, the organisers of the Peter Tosh Memorial Show, told the Weekend Mail in Lusaka that the show, to be held on September 13, has moved back to Munda Wanga from Holy Mount Zion on Mumbwa Road.
Conscious Music secretary general Kennedy Mutale, who confirmed the show alongside promoter Teddy Ndala, said the charge for the show, expected to start at 19:00 hours, is K50.
“We’re expecting fans to come from as far as Namibia. We’re working to ensure that everything is in place including security and good music equipment which we are getting from German. We’ll also have t-shirts and artworks on sale,” he said.
For a long time, Tosh lived in the shadows of Bob Marley, and it is only now that he is getting recognition.
Tosh was not a man known for preaching love, something that obviously did not help him with the Jamaican establishment.
At the famous One Love Peace Concert in 1978 in Kingston, Jamaica, Tosh told the feverish 40, 000-strong crowd that “peace is the diploma you get in the cemetery” written on your tombstone as “Rest in Peace!”
With his black beret and often wielding a guitar shaped in the form of an M16 rifle, Tosh was the most militant member of the Wailers and often made Marley look like a mere pop star when next to him.
When addressing Jamaica’s leading politicians Michael Manley and Edward Seaga at the time that country was being ripped apart by gun battles in the poor districts, Tosh simply said: “hungry people are angry people.”
But the One Love Peace Concert went down in history because Marley called Manley and Seaga on stage and made them shake hands in front of the television cameras.
And whereas Marley’s funeral was a global news story which brought the Caribbean nation to a standstill, Tosh’s burial was a fiasco with his mother having to disown one of the two ‘fathers’ who turned up and the service getting interrupted by protesters including one who stood by the coffin and implored the body to rise and open the casket.
In Africa though, Tosh’s message has always been keenly received.
Who can forget those words in one of his important songs titled African: “Don’t care where you come from, as long as you’re a black man, you’re an African.”
So, while Jamaica has been late to come to the party, Tosh has always had his fair share of dues down here; equal rights and justice.
That is why the Peter Tosh Memorial Show is on at Munda Wanga next month.
By KELVIN KACHINGWE