Honouring the legacy

Saturday, October 20, 2018

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Roots singer Bushman, who has consistently championed the message of Peter Tosh, was on Thursday evening presented with the Stepping Razor Award at the second Peter Tosh Gala Awards at Eden Gardens in St Andrew.

It was an appropriate gesture, as the St Thomas-born artiste is one of few contemporary reggae acts calling for Tosh's legacy to be acknowledged in Jamaica. In 2011, he released the album, Bushman Sings The Bush Doctor: A Tribute to Peter Tosh, on which he covered 12 of the singer/songwriter's songs.

The Legalize It Award went to singer Denroy Morgan. This accolade is presented to someone committed to the legalisation of ganja, a cause dear to the fiery Tosh who died in September 1987 at age 42.

Mutabaruka is this year's recipient of the Bush Doctor Award, while Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I got the Equal Rights Award.

Members of the Tosh family attended the ceremony which launched four days of events marking the former Wailers' 74th birthday and legacy. His daughter, Niambe Tosh and her mother Melody Cunningham led the attendees which included Reggae Sumfest CEO Josef Bogdanovich, Pulse Limited's CEO Kingsley Cooper and professor Carolyn Cooper of the Reggae Studies Unit at The University of the West Indies.

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