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Inaugural Peter Tosh Music Festival Seeks to Expand Late Reggae Icon’s Legacy

The Tosh family is also considering the launch of a branded cannabis product line.

Thirty years after he was murdered at his Kingston, Jamaica, home by a longstanding acquaintance he had befriended, reggae icon Peter Tosh’s multi-faceted legacy will be celebrated at the inaugural Peter Tosh Music Festival on Oct. 19-22 in Kingston.

The festival is presented by the Peter Tosh Museum, a partnership between prominent Jamaican businessman Kingsley Cooper, founder of Pulse Investments Limited (which includes a thriving modeling agency), Andrea Marlene Brown (Tosh’s common law wife at the time of his Sept. 11, 1987 murder) and the Peter Tosh Estate. Festival events include the Peter Tosh VIP Gala on Oct. 19 (which would have been Tosh’s 73rd birthday) featuring an awards ceremony honoring individuals who are continuing his social activism, working towards the legalization of marijuana and advancing the arts, especially reggae music.

Nelson Mandela will be posthumously honored with the inaugural Equal Rights and Justice Award, which will be accepted by his grandson N’daba Mandela. The Equal Rights and Legalize It Symposium (Oct. 20 at Kingston’s University of the West Indies) will explore issues surrounding Tosh’s crusades for justice; speakers include Jasmine Rand, attorney for Tosh’s youngest son Jawara McIntosh who was brutally beaten in a New Jersey jail in February 2017 (where he was serving a sentence for cannabis related charges) and now lies comatose in a Boston hospital.

The Peter Tosh Estate has numerous projects underway intended to strengthen his distinctive legacy. Among them, says Tosh’s daughter Niambe McIntosh, are remixes of his music, expanded merchandise options, a feature film directed by Kevin MacDonald (director of the 2012 Marley documentary) and perhaps the most anticipated of all, a Peter Tosh cannabis brand and cannabis product line. 

“Many people have wondered why Peter Tosh is not in the cannabis space already; I have learned so much from

Article source: http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/festivals/7998451/peter-tosh-music-festival-jamaica-2017

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