The Inside Story Of The Influence Of Peter Tosh On Lucky Dube

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Lucky Dube and Peter Tosh

Like many writers, some of the great musicians all have stories to tell over what or who influenced them to reach the highest peak of their musical career. It will be recalled that one day, Burning Spear met Bob Marley on his way to the farm and he spoke to him about his music ambitions. Bob Marley then directed Burning Spear to go to ‘Studio One.’

That was the beginning of Burning Spear’s successful musical career. With a good heart, he gave credit to Bob Marley in his song “As it is” taken from his album ” Calling Rastafari.” He sings, “I start singing in the late sixties. Told about Studio One by Bob Marley.”

Out of the three original trios of  ‘The Wailers’ Lucky Dube likes Peter Tosh. There must be some reasons. Lucky was a victim of Apartheid. During the Apartheid era, two white men with bull dogs were bragging about how strong and wild the dogs are. Unfortunately, Lucky appeared there at a wrong time and the owners let go the dogs on him. Lucky Dube said this sad story in one of his interviews.

While world leaders, including Margaret Thatcher, were supporting Apartheid, concerned Peter Tosh, was probably the first musician to play the tune ‘Apartheid,’ expressing his anger against the injustice and sufferings of South Africans, before other musicians followed him. This is a significant example if Lucky Dube likes Peter Tosh. Reggae music is not only to be listened to but also to be studied.

Lucky Dube honoured Peter Tosh

Now let’s find out the love Lucky Dube had for Peter Tosh. In one of the songs of Peter Tosh, ‘Glass House,’ Peter Tosh sang “Harm no man, Let no man harm you, Do unto others, As they would do to you, And to every baldhead, Respect the Rastaman Cause he’s the only man left on creation.” The latter, “Respect the Rastaman cause he’s the only man left on creation,” is what I want to lay my emphasis on.

 In 1991, Lucky Dube released the remarkable album named ‘PRISONER.’ On the track called “Reggae Strong,” Lucky Dube honoured and paid a tribute to Peter Tosh unnoticed by singing, ” Killing the prophets of reggae, Destroying the prophets of reggae, But somebody said to all the bald heads Respect the rastaman ‘Cause he’s the only one
Only one left in Jah creation.” (He referred to Peter Tosh here.)

During my interview with Lucky, he confirmed his likeness to Peter and said; “Peter Tosh was a great singer, so I feel honoured if people say that I sing like him.” He similarly honoured Bob Marley too, while singing the song ‘VICTIM,’ saying “Bob Marley said
“How long shall they kill our prophets, While we stand aside and look But little did he know that eventually the enemy will stand aside and look while we slash and kill.”

“Reggae in the bathroom, Reggae in the bedroom, Reggae everywhere, Reggae in jail, reggae in church, Everybody likes it.” Lucky Dube was a kind of musician no one can fill his shoes, after his tragic departure from this earth because he was the only Lucky Dube and his music was exceptional and a masterpiece.

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The Successful Music Career Of Winston Rodney, Aka Burning Spear

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In a display of true humbleness, Burning Spear, is no doubt one of the greatest reggae artists the world has ever known. Born as Winston Rodney, on Ist March 1945, in Saint Ann’s Bay in Jamaica, musicians such as “The Maytals” and “Bob Marley and the Wailers” influenced him.

According to him, it was his encounter with Bob Marley, that ignited his life to fame from 1969. He has then made a couple of songs, but doesn’t know where to start. Then Bob told him to go to “Studio One” and he did. Today among great reggae artists, his music can be heard in every part of the world.

In the lives of individuals, many do remember the mistake one does, than all the good things the person has done. But Burning Spear didn’t forget the direction Bob gave him. He gave credit to Bob Marley in his song “As it is” taken from his album ” Calling Rastafari.” He sings, “I start singing in the late sixties. Told about Studio One by Bob Marley.” But who is actually this man called Burning Spear and why did he choose such a name unto himself?

I never had the opportunity to interview Mr. Rodney, like other great reggae stars, but just as he has been following the footsteps of the great Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King etc, believing God send them to help black people, the same way, I have been following his music for a very long time.

Like the waves retreating into the sea, I went back and compiled the names of some of his old and new songs, to find out the message of Burning Spear’s music. Yes “He stands strong, The world should know, that Man in the hills, Far over, Calling Rastafari to Jah’s Kingdom. His mistress music don’t sell out and Christopher Columbus can’t change his Identity and Fittest of the fittest has made him a Free man.”

Being inspired by the late Jomo Kenyatta of Kenya, Burning Spear put the title of Jomo Kenyatta (Burning Spear ) unto himself as his name. From there on, the flame of the spear is unquenchable, singing about slavery, discrimination and praising men like Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, Kwame Nkrumah and Martin Luther King etc. His reason of cherishing these men are simple and logical, because they paved the way for I and I (Africans) to be recognised.

Spear 1Burning Spear showed his love for Africa from his great hit “Greetings” from the album “Far Over,” after his trip to Africa. Greetings Kenya, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Addis Ababa.” He said. He lamented bitterly about blacks in the United States of America who have no intention and respect for the culture. As if they have forgotten their history, some even hate to be referred to as Africans. “Even though they say I’m a Yankee” Burning Spear said he still loves them because they are his brothers and sisters.

After over thirty years of his prolific music career, the tireless Burning Spear surprisingly after his 27th album special, released in 1999, Calling Rastafari, which won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in 2000. In 2003, he released another album captioned “Free man” with great numbers such as “Trust, Not Guilty, loved for who I am etc”

Despite that MTV doesn’t promote reggae music, Burning Spear has excelled to be one of the world’s famous musicians. His songs speak of its self. Truly, the achievements of Burning Spear, in the field of reggae, shall remain in the music history for ever.

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Jamaica Adds Sports To Its Reggae History

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Jamaica, that wonderful Island in the Caribbean, for many years has established its name as one of the best countries in the world, in the fields of tourism, and above all the “Home of wonderful reggae music.” Jamaica is the birth place of great reggae stars, including Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Gregory Isaacs, Joseph Hill-Culture, Desmond Decker, Beres Hammond, Burning Spear, Toots and the Maytals etc.

Apart from the reggae stars, Jamaica has produced great sprinters in the past, such as Merlene Ottey, Asafa Powell etc, yet in athletics, comparing the country to other great sports countries, such as America, Jamaica wasn’t classified as a great country in sports, until the emergence of unknown sprinter, Usain Bolt.

Usain Bolt’s unique and charismatic performance, along with team mate Yohan Blake, have established firmly that Jamaica is not only good in music but also in athletics. The 2012 Olympics games which place in London confirmed it all.

After winning the 100-meter race in 19.32 seconds, Usain became the first athlete to win two Olympic medals in the event. Yohan Blake, his training partner also claimed silver in the event and bronze for Warren Weir. There is no doubt that Jamaicans are now doing better in sports than the United States of America, which has produced great athletes in the past.

It seems underestimation of athletes from ‘Third World Countries’ is gradually coming to an end, because the Jamaican sprinters are “Coming in hot! hot! hot! and firing some shot! shot! shot!” Sings reggae legend late Peter Tosh.

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