One of Jamaican music’s greatest products has been honoured in the form of a museum as the Peter Tosh Museum – located at the Pulse complex on Trafalgar Road in New Kingston – opened its doors with a grand launch event on Wednesday, which would have been the late, great Tosh’s 73rd birthday.
The event featured apperances from Tosh’s family, including his daughter, Niambe McIntosh, and his son, Andrew McIntosh as well as several notable dignitaries, including Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Minister of Culture, Olivia Grange, former minister of youth and culture and South East St. Ann MP, Lisa Hanna and acclaimed reggae songstress, Etana, among others.
The opening of the museum, which features a plethora of artefacts, music, instruments and other valued memorabilia of the late reggae singer, was a culmination of a long-term vision conceived by Tosh’s family in conjunction with Pulse owner, Kingsley Cooper.
“It gives me great pleasure, indeed, a profound sense of pride, to be opening the museum in honour of a great Jamaican son,” Prime Minister Andrew Holness said as he addressed a large crowd inside the museum.
“One thing that was clear from Tosh’s music was the resistance; standing up for what you believe in and being a rebel, because, sometimes, being a rebel for the right cause is good. That, in a sense, defines what it means to be Jamaican,” he added.
The public at large will get the chance to visit the museum when it opens on a regular basis in the coming weeks.
Tosh is regarded as one of Jamaican music’ greatest acts, from his years as one of the original members of The Wailers alongside Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer and later embarked on a highly successful solo career that included classics such as Creator, Johnny Be Good and more. He was tragically gunned down at his home in September 1987 during a home invasion at the tender age of 43.
A benefit concert will be held at the museum on Saturday, featuring Chronixx, Luciano and many more, including Peter’s grandson, Dre Tosh.