30 Minutes With Andrew Tosh : Son Of The Great Peter Tosh


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Andrew Tosh on stage. Photo credit- Joel Savage
                                 There is magic in music, it heals, consoles, inspires, and even has the voice to speak to us if you listen carefully. On the road of agony, growing in dangerous and hard environments, reggae music was the only tool many Africans lived on to pass through the turmoils of life successfully.
                                   Music like ‘Stand Firm’ by Peter Tosh, ‘Born To Win’ by Jimmy Cliff, ‘Give Thanks and Praises’ by Bob Marley, ‘Black Heart Man’ by Bunny Wailer’ etc, are some of the songs we depended on to prevent us getting into trouble with the determination to succeed in life.
                                  There were many great musicians that started early in Jamaica. Desmond Decker, John Holt, Toots and the Maytals, Culture, Burning Spear, etc, but I can’t explain how Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff and Bunny Wailer did it as if they were the only musicians in Jamaica that time.

                                  Once you like the father, you will like the son, the reason I was very glad when I met both Andrew Tosh and Julian Marley in Antwerp.  It all started during the summer holiday festivals in Antwerp, Belgium. I have missed many festivals and interviews because the festivals take place while on holidays in Africa. This time, luck was on my side, among other artists to perform was Andrew Tosh.

                                    I have heard many times, people saying that Jamaican musicians are  snobbish and have no interest in Africans, but that’s not true. I have enjoyed every minute of meeting famous Jamaican musicians. They are respectable, friendly and story-tellers.
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One of Andrew Tosh’s fans takes a photograph with him. Photo credit: Joel Savage
                         Andrew told me much about how he was influenced by his father. His father thought him how to play the piano while very young. Like every child, Andrew enjoyed his father, but quite sad over the pain and brutalities his father went through at the hands of the so-called law, while they ignored the crimes tearing the society apart.
                         “If you’re great, all eyes are on you. You’ll have both lovers and enemies. The goal of the enemies is to break you down physically and spiritually but Peter wasn’t an easy person to submit to that breakdown. He was one of the living great musicians in his time. The reason as a tribute I wrote ‘He Never Died.’
                          Yes! Andrew played ‘He Never Died’ for his father. For the rest of the conversation, I had with Andrew Tosh and other artists such as Luciano, you can read it in the book ‘The Passion Of Reggae and African music available at Amazon.
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Interview With South Africa Reggae Legend: Lucky Dube

Lucky JoeThe author, Joel Savage interviews Lucky Dube

“THE FALL OF APARTHEID, I KNOW I AM PART OF IT IN SOME WAYS”- LUCKY DUBE”

“Reggae in the bathroom, Reggae in the bedroom, Reggae everywhere, Reggae in jail, Reggae in church, everybody likes it,” sings Lucky Dube. In this book the writer speaks to some of the masters behind contemporary reggae and African music.

“The fall of Apartheid, I know I’m part of it in some ways,” says Lucky Dube. “Definitely, my father was my biggest influence in music,” says Andrew Tosh.

The influence and impact of these great musicians is internationally known and is recounted with warm, sincere, and unrivaled craftsmanship that distinguishes them in the music world.

Read the live performances and interviews of: Anthony B, Joseph Hill-Culture, Gregory Isaacs, U-Roy, Capleton, Julian Marley, Prince Malachi, Luciano, Lucky Dube, Julian Murvin, Andrew Tosh, ASWAD, Live Wyya, Seun Kuti, Femi Kuti, Faytinga, Manu Dibango, and Tutu Poane.

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Lucky Dube

This beautifully illustrated, color photo book is one of the most fascinating and interesting works ever written about reggae and African music. Read the interview I had with the great reggae star, Lucky Dube, in this interesting book. Price of the E-copy version of the book slashed and reduced for reggae lovers to afford.

http://www.amazon.com/Passion-Reggae-African-Music-ebook/dp/B013L9A1JQ

Interview With The Sons Of Bob Marley And Peter Tosh

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Andrew Tosh, son of the legendary Peter Tosh and the writer Joel Savage

Reggae legend Joseph Hill of Culture and Joel SavageI never had the opportunity to see Peter Tosh and Bob Marley performing live in concert, so when the sons of Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, came to Antwerp, I tried my best to see them.

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Joel Savage and Julian Marley, son of the great Bob Marley,

  Talking to Andrew Tosh and Julian Marley, over what their fathers achieved in the field of reggae was very interesting. Both Andrew and Julian bore striking features of their father. Below are part of the interviews I had with Andrew Tosh and Julian Marley.

Andrew, your father, everyone knows was one of the greatest reggae stars the world ever produced. What actually inspired you into music?

 

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Joel Savage and Jamaican reggae star, Anthony B

 

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Jamaican reggae star, Capleton, in Antwerp with the writer Joel Savage

Definitely, my father was my biggest influence in music. He thought me how to play the piano when I was very young. He was like a teacher who guided me through my childhood to gain broader knowledge in music.

I listened to your ‘Message from Jah’ album; the track ‘Come Together’ is very touching. What inspired you to write that song?

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With the group The Congos

I love people, so I interact with them. Singing is one of the ways to meet them.

What is your long-range objective in music?

Currently, I am working on my new album called ‘Focus’ and also working on one called ‘Andrew sings Peter Tosh’. He never dies.

How has your father’s experience influenced you as a reggae star?

My father’s experience is both good and bad. He had a very bad experience with the Babylon system, but as I said before, the good part of it is inspiring me into music.

Many musicians sing about Africa and the love to visit or return to the continent, but they never keep their promise. Why is it so?

I have been to a lot of places over there, including South Africa and Angola. I think some of these artists don’t recognise the true culture of the continent. Even though some may wish to there, they don’t know how to organise that.

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You are one of the sons of the great Bob Marley. How possible all your brothers are in music at the same time?

Well, we were young but as we grow we discovered what our father was doing or did. It’s in the blood or probably could be hereditary. We were all inspired by our father’s great musical talent as an international reggae star. That’s the reason we are all in music.

How do you get on with other brothers from your father?

We see ourselves as Marley brothers and nothing more. We are happy together and our aim is to continue spreading the message or do what our father left undone. Thus; we are one big happy musical family.

Do your father had any idea that one day he is going to change the reggae world?

My father was a man who never gives up so easily in whatever he was doing. His heart couldn’t take any defeat he therefore, haven’t any sense of failure in him. If someone has that heart, it means he wanted to achieve something positive as a musician. In this case, he had an idea to achieve something different.

Read other interviews with Femi Kuti, Seun Kuti, Manu Dibango, Lucky Dube, Tutu Poane, The Congos, Anthony B, Junior Murvin, The Great Joseph Hill of the group called ‘Culture,’ Luciano, Gregory Isaacs and other great artists; in this splendid music book supported with coloured photographs.

http://www.amazon.com/Passion-Reggae-African-Music-ebook/dp/B013L9A1JQ