Tosh, a rebel with a cause - Holness

October 21, 2016
Darien Robertson/Freelance Photographer From left: Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Entertainment Minister Olivia Grange and Kingsley Cooper at the Opening of Peter Tosh Museum on Wednesday.

There was no weed smoke in the air, but the man who spent much of his life fighting for the legalisation of ganja, was on Wednesday immortalised as a rebel with a cause.

Peter Tosh, who would have celebrated his 72nd birthday on the day, had many enemies throughout his lifetime, many of whom represented the State. But on Wednesday night, politicians from across the political divide gathered to hail the memory of the reggae star.

"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," Prime Minister Andrew Holness said.

"That, in a sense, defines what it means to be Jamaican," the prime minister said.

Holness was speaking at the opening of the museum at the Peter Tosh Square, located in the courtyard at the Pulse Centre, New Kingston,

Minister of Culture Olivia Grange spoke about Tosh's love for music and his constant fight to get law enforcers in Jamaica to legalise marijuana.

 

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"Peter, for me, was a really special human being," she said of Tosh, who is known for wielding a guitar shaped in the form of an M16 assault rifle. "Peter always had a problem with the police with the herb. He was controversial, but he was someone who spoke from the heart. He was a great poet, a great writer and a really creative individual."

Kingsley Cooper, chairman of Pulse Investments Limited, said that the museum will be something that recognises the qualities of Peter Tosh and what made him special.

"He was uncompromising, someone who was prepared to die for what he believed in. He was a man of great talent, one deserving of honour and respect."

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