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.

Amazon page of Lucky Dube: https://www.amazon.com/Lucky-Dube/e/B000APVHAW

Naughty By Nature: Another Great Musical Group That Ignited The Hip-Hop World

Naughty 2Vin Rock, DJ Kay Gee and Treach of Naughty By Nature

I love reggae music and been following the activities of those great musicians and the players of the instruments for a very long time. But my passion for hip-hop music came naturally after knowing and listening to some few hip-hop groups in the United States of America.

Apart from ‘Public Enemy, A Tribe Called Quest, Arrested Development and Digital Underground, the group that made a great impact in the Hip-Hop world was simply known as ‘Naughty By Nature. Like others, they were too good. Hip-Hop was and still present, but how many people in the world of Rap Music still remember this formidable group that changed the musical world?

A quick glance at the background of Naughty By Nature 

Since the release of their single “O.P.P.” in 1991, the rap group Naughty by Nature has been hailed by their fans and reviewers as the embodiment of the “street”—the day-to-day existence of the inner-city, African-American population that gave birth to rap. Ed Lover, co-host of Yo! MTV Raps, described his impression of Treach, lead rapper and unofficial head of the group inVibe magazine: “Treach is the first authentic hip-hopper I’ve seen in a long time….

Yeah, he wants to get his, like everybody else, but there’s a sincerity there too. Look at him; you can see that he’s had a hard life, and it comes out in his music. His hard-core ain’t made-up; it’s real.”Treach and his Naughty colleagues, DJ Kay Gee and rapper Vinnie, appreciate such compliments and intend to maintain their street credentials. Indeed, despite the double-platinum success of their first two albums, all three have remained in the East Orange, New Jersey, neighborhood where they grew up.

Treach and Vinnie, born Anthony Criss and Vincent Brown, respectively, spent their 1970s childhoods only a few blocks away from one another. Both have credited much of their experience on the street to the difficulties of growing up in poor, single-parent homes. Treach’s mother had to work full-time, as a nurse, while she raised her two sons. Partly from her experience, Treach has become a strong proponent of birth control and support for the black family, often expressing his belief that his father’s absence contributed to his years on the street.

Hooked Up for High School Talent Show

Although none of the three felt that East Orange High School had much to offer them, it was there that they began rapping. According to Vibe’s Kevin Powell, “Treach knew he wanted to be a weaver of words—a rapper—since he was in the seventh grade.” Treach and Vinnie first collaborated in order to enliven a junior year health class: whenever the class became unbearably dull, they would break into an improvised rap, Treach rapping and Vinnie providing the beat.

Friend Kay Gee, who was a year ahead of Treach and Vinnie in school, in the meantime, had been polishing his skills as a DJ. When the senior talent show came up, Kay Gee asked his “homeboys” to perform with him. They walked away with the adulation of their audience.

Up to this point, aside from occasional jobs, the main occupation of the Naughty boys had been hanging around with their neighborhood gang, the 118th Street Posse. That life offered some income, largely from the drug trade or other illegal sources, and plenty of risk: fights, shootings, and jail time. After graduating from high school, Treach briefly held a job at Grand Union

Full article: http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G2-3492900055.html

O.P.P by Naughty By Nature

Hip-Hop Hooray by Naughty By Nature

Amazon.com page of the group: http://goo.gl/AkbiXm