The 30th anniversary of the death of reggae icon Peter Tosh will be observed in September, and lovers of the man and his music in the African state of Zambia are not being left out.
A flock of local acts from that market are expected at the Peter Tosh 30th anniversary Peace and Love concert at Bongwe Big Bush next month. This includes The Burning Youth, who won Zambia’s Battle of Bands competition, Jasper Mix, Stil Jah, Cry Blood, Jah Assegai, Dally Dally, Lazzig, Ghetto Youths, Feruz, Lalibela and Miss Williams. True Africans, Blacka Dido, Za yellow Man, Black Chant and Mama Diana have also been pencilled in for the September 9 concert that has been organised by Conscious Sounds Entertainment in conjunction with Genius Riddimz Promotion.
Geo Spencer, son of legendary reggae artiste Don Carlos (Euvin Spencer), who was in the country recently, is also expected to grace the concert.
The organisers explain that the concert has been moved from its traditional home of Munda Wanga botanic gardens in Chilanga to Bongwe in Lusaka’s Roma, to provide a more appealing location to a cross section of reggae fans.
Tosh, an unapologetic singer-songwriter, was part of the original Wailers which comprised Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer. He is known for his landmark albums, Legalize It and Equal Rights, which were scathing statements against the establishment.
He was murdered at his St Andrew home on September 11, 1987. He was 42.