On October 19th, after much anticipation from the Jamaican community and the world at large-late Reggae Legend Peter Tosh was honored with the opening of a new museum dedicated to his life and impact on the music industry, and a benefit concert which brought out a wide array of reggae acts including Tosh’s original backing band “Word, Sound and Power,” the late star’s son Andrew Tosh and grandson Dre Tosh; granddaughter Jahzarah Tosh; Marcia Griffiths; Chronixx; Luciano; Etana; Kabaka Pyramid; Tarrus Riley and many more! The Museum officially opened to the public November 1st, at Pulse Centre-38a Trafalgar Road, New Kingston, Jamaica.
The project came on what would have been Tosh’s 72nd birthday, to commemorate the 40’th anniversary of his solo album Legalize It. In a five day celebration which included a VIP Cocktail Event, a Symposium, the Grand-Opening, Benefit Concert and the Peter Tosh Memorial Garden Excursion-distinguished guests included Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who spoke at the opening stating “Many years ago, you maybe would not have had this profile and composition of a gathering for Peter Tosh… my, how things have changed.” He continued by saying, “I want to say how very important it is for us to put in place the institutions that will protect and preserve, but also project our history, and that is what this museum will do.”
A self-taught guitar and keyboard player, Tosh and The Wailers became pioneers of the burgeoning reggae scene in the late 1960’s, and together they toured the world for over ten years. He left the band in 1973 to pursue his solo career and earned huge success with “Legalize It” and later solo releases. The project will now officially give fans a deeper look into the man behind the music.