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Holness endorses Peter Tosh Museum

Published:Thursday | July 21, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Pulse Chairman Kingsley Cooper (left), Niambe Tosh, youngest daughter of late music icon Peter Tosh, meet with Prime Minister Andrew Holness at Jamaica House last week. Niambe Tosh is holding the famous M16 guitar, a museum exhibit and an instrument used by Peter Tosh in his later performances as he fought against injustice and apartheid, as well as his struggle for human rights.

Jamaica's Prime Minister Andrew Holness has endorsed the Peter Tosh Museum, which he "believes will help to develop Kingston as a tourist destination".

The Tosh Museum will be opened to the public on the music legend's birthday, October 19, 2016.

The opening will be part of a wider celebration which includes a concert on October 22 at the Pulse Centre.

Pulse Chairman Kingsley Cooper and Niambe Tosh, Peter's youngest child and administrator of the late singer's estate, paid a visit to the prime minister at Jamaica House last week.

Cooper outlined plans for the establishment of the museum to the prime minister, who indicated his support, while recognising the importance of the Tosh legacy, as well as the artiste's contribution to global music and culture. Tosh is hailed around the world as an outstanding talent as well as a fierce fighter for equal rights and justice, who made a major contribution in the struggle to end apartheid. In his lifetime, he was also one of the world's leading campaigners for the legalisation of ganja.

Cooper led the initiative for the museum's establishment, persevering with the project over many years.

Tosh was posthumously awarded the Order of Merit, Jamaica's fourth highest national honour in 2012.