Panel assembled for Peter Tosh symposium

Panel assembled for Peter Tosh symposium

Thursday, October 17, 2019

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Five persons from the fields of music and entertainment have been brought together to form a panel to present at the annual Peter Tosh Symposium, to be held at the University of the West Indies on Friday.

The event, which is now in its ninth year, is part of Peter Tosh Festival which is being given added significance as this Saturday, October 19 would have been Tosh's 75th birthday.

Other activities for the festival include the Peter Tosh Awards to be held tonight at Villa Ronai in St Andrew as well as Saturday's Peter Tosh Music Festival to be held at the Pulse Centre in New Kingston and feature artistes including Tosh's son Andrew, Bushman and Warrior King.

The symposium which is organised by the Department of Sociology, Psychology and Social Work at the UWI under the theme 'Peter Tosh: The Revolutionary Mystic Man' will feature presentations by recording artiste Kabaka Pyramid; musician and filmmaker Wayne Jobson; UWI lecturer Dr Kadamawe Knife; entertainment consultant Kereece Lawrence and Tosh's daughter and the director of the Peter Tosh estate Niambe McIntosh.

The 2019 Peter Tosh Symposium which will be held at the Inter Faculty Lecture Theatre starting at 6:00pm, will be coordinated and chaired by its conceptualiser, Dr Michael Barnett, a senior lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Psychology and Social Work.

Tosh was one of the members of the iconic Jamaican trio The Wailers along with Bunny Wailer and Bob Marley. When the group disbanded he went on to establish an impressive solo career.

His life was cut short September 11, 1987 when he was gunned down by assailants at his upper St Andrew home. He has left a rich catalogue of reggae anthems including Mama Africa, Buckingham Palace, No Nuclear War, and Legalize It.

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