Hol­ness ex­pected to open Tosh Mu­seum to­mor­row

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT - Shere­ita Griz­zle Gleaner Writer

Public able to see ex­hibits Nov 1

ALL IS set for to­mor­row’s open­ing of the Peter Tosh Mu­seum at 38 Trafal­gar Rd, New Kingston, to an in­vited au­di­ence. It will in­clude Prime Min­is­ter An­drew Hol­ness,who is ex­pected to open the mu­seum of­fi­cially.

Pri­vate-sec­tor busi­ness in­ter­ests will also be rep­re­sented, as will be the lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional me­dia, mu­sic in­dus­try in­sid­ers, celebri­ties, mem­bers of the Tosh fam­ily, and his as­so­ci­ates and fans.

Guests will get a chance to view ex­hibits and en­gage in in­ter­ac­tive ex­pe­ri­ences. Peter Tosh’s in­stru­ments, in­clud­ing his fa­mous M-16 gui­tar, will be on dis­play. Other items be­long­ing to the reg­gae icon, in­clud­ing his nunchucks, uni­cy­cle, orig­i­nal hand­writ­ten song­books, and record­ing masters, will also be avail­able for view­ing.

NU­MER­OUS CHAL­LENGES

The project is a joint ef­fort between the Tosh fam­ily and Pulse In­vest­ments Lim­ited. Kings­ley Cooper, CEO of Pulse, told The Gleaner that get­ting the mu­seum to this stage was not with­out its share of chal­lenges.

“There are al­ways chal­lenges with projects such as this – or­gan­i­sa­tional chal­lenges, lo­gis­ti­cal chal­lenges, pro­duc­tion chal­lenges, se­cu­rity chal­lenges and peo­ple chal­lenges. Diver­gent views, con­flict­ing po­si­tions and so on,” he said. “How­ever, we have a great, Mar­cia Grif­fiths Lu­ciano tal­ented, hard­work­ing and com­mit­ted team. The Peter Tosh Mu­seum is a joint ven­ture between Pulse, The Tosh Es­tate and Mar­lene Brown. Our agree­ment, signed at the start of 2016, ended sev­eral years of Pulse Cooper. boss Kings­ley

ne­go­ti­a­tion and work. It has been an hon­our for me to lead the team that brought the mu­seum into be­ing, pulling the par­ties and the var­i­ous el­e­ments to­gether, as well as the re­sources re­quired to make the project a suc­cess. It has been fun and ex­cit­ing, and I want to give heart­felt thanks to all who con­trib­uted.”

Cooper said the mu­seum is long over­due and is a wellde­served hon­our for Tosh.

“It is crit­i­cal that we pre­serve, high­light and cel­e­brate the work of our cul­tural pi­o­neers and icons,” he said. “This mu­seum will play an im­por­tant role in en­sur­ing that those who charted the course be recog­nised and their works en­dure for gen­er­a­tions to come.”

Fol­low­ing the pri­vate open­ing, the build­ing will be opened to the public on Novem­ber 1. An en­try fee is yet to be dis­closed, but or­gan­is­ers say there will be a mod­est sum for en­try. Groups are ad­vised to call ahead for an ap­point­ment.

TRIBUTE CON­CERT

A Peter Tosh tribute con­cert planned for Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 22, with pro­ceeds to ben­e­fit the mu­seum. Peter’s orig­i­nal band Word, Sound and Power, has been re­assem­bled for the event, and artistes such as Chronixx, Lu­ciano, An­drew Tosh, Etana, Kabaka Pyra­mid, Zak Starkey (son of The Bea­tles’ drum­mer Ringo Starr and drum­mer for rock band The Who), Den­roy Mor­gan, Live Wyaa, Con­galese signer Mer­mans and Mar­cia Grif­fiths are ex­pected to per­form.

The mu­seum’s open­ing comes amid con­tro­versy sur­round­ing some of the items that are sup­posed to be on dis­play. In Au­gust, news emerged that the Grammy award won by Tosh in 1988 had been pawned by a fam­ily mem­ber. The news was picked up by sev­eral in­ter­na­tional me­dia be­fore it was quickly shut down by the Tosh Es­tate, which as­sured the public that the Grammy was still in the fam­ily’s pos­ses­sion.

It is be­lieved that the award will be on dis­play at the Peter Tosh Mu­seum.

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