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Tosh Museum opens to public today

Published:Tuesday | November 1, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Marcia Griffiths (left) and Andrew Tosh performing at the Peter Tosh Tribute Concert on October 22 at the Pulse Centre, 38 Trfalgar Rd, New Kingston..
Peter Tosh
Artefacts inside the Peter Tosh Museum.
Pulse's Kingsley Cooper addressing the audience at the Peter Tosh Museum's official opening on October 19.

The Peter Tosh Museum at the Pulse Centre, 38a Trafalgar Road, New Kingston, opens to the public today. This follows its official opening on what would have been Tosh's 72nd birthday, October 19, a symposium on Tosh and the star-studded line-up at the Peter Tosh Tribute Concert on Saturday, November 22.

The museum is a joint venture of Pulse Investments Ltd, The Peter Tosh Estate and Marlene Brown. It honours the life and work of Peter Tosh, global music legend and founding member of The Wailers.

Guests can expect to have a multidimensional experience inclusive of narratives, visual and technologically interactive elements, as they explore the life of Peter Tosh. A collection of Tosh memorabilia is on display to the general public for the first time. Iconic artefacts, ranging from his world-renowned unicycle to his M16 guitar and Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album (No Nuclear War) are on show and exclusive Peter Tosh merchandise will be available for purchase.

At the official opening, Kingsley Cooper, chairman of Pulse Investments Limited, noted that the museum was a long time in the making. Niambe McIntosh, the youngest daughter of the late reggae icon, brought the remarks on behalf of the Tosh Estate. Marlene Brown spoke of Tosh's love of life and his outstanding contribution to humanity.

The enduring message of equal rights and justice and Tosh's uncompromising stance as a social justice advocate were common themes resonating from all the speakers. They included Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, William Mahfood, Josef Bogdanovich, Dimitris Kosvogiannis, Dr Omar Davies, Lisa Hanna, Dr Wykeham McNeiL and The Who's Zak Starkey.

The Peter Tosh Tribute Concert featured the Word Sound & Power band, Marcia Griffiths, Tarrus Riley, Chronixx, Luciano, Denroy Morgan, Etana, Mermans (from the Democratic Republic of Congo), Kabaka Pyramid, Live Wyya and Zak Starkey with SSHH, anchored by Peter's son Andrew. The audience experienced over three hours of thrilling music from the reggae master's catalogue at the Pulse Centre.

The museum opening hours will be Mondays to Fridays, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.