Three hours of TOSH AT PULSE

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT - Mel Cooke Gleaner Writer

FOR THREE hours on Satur­day night into Sun­day morn­ing, the mu­sic of Winston Hu­bert McIn­tosh, OM, sim­ply Peter Tosh as a mem­ber of The Wail­ers or a solo per­former, was pre­sented to a large ap­pre­cia­tive au­di­ence at 38 Trafal­gar Road, New Kingston.

The con­cert, slated to start at 8 p.m., did not get go­ing un­til 9:30 p.m. un­der the stew­ard­ship of MC Tommy Cowan, who shared the host­ing du­ties with Tony Rebel. How­ever, once the re­assem­bled el­e­ments of Word, Sound and Power Band (with the notable ex­cep­tion of Sly Dun­bar on drums and Rob­bie Shakespeare on bass gui­tar) got go­ing, there was an ex­ten­sive ex­plo­ration of a deep mu­sic cat­a­logue. Gui­tarist Don­ald Kin­sey was es­pe­cially cel­e­brated on his re­turn to Ja­maica and Cowan pointed out that sound engi­neer with Tosh, Den­nis Thomp­son, was at the mix­ing board.

It was a night of Tosh’s mu­sic only as, al­though most of the vo­cal­ists pay­ing homage to the man who was mur­dered on Septem­ber 11, 1987, have sev­eral pop­u­lar songs of their own, each did one to three Peter Tosh songs. His son, An­drew, opened the con­cert with Pick My­self Up and, af­ter re­cur­rent ap­pear­ances through­out the con­cert, was also part of the un­for­tu­nately sub­stan­dard, an­ti­cli­mac­tic fi­nale group per­for­mance of Get Up, Stand Up.

JAR­RING EX­PE­RI­ENCE

The au­di­ence mem­bers stood, as re­quested, but de­spite en­treaties, most of the vo­cal­ists who paid trib­ute to Tosh did not re­turn for the fi­nal song which, with Zak Starkey on gui­tar, was, at points, given rock treat­ment. In ad­di­tion, an unan­nounced fe­male vo­cal­ist re­peat­edly shouted the four­word title and re­frain as a com­mand rather than singing it as a hu­man duty, making for a jar­ring ex­pe­ri­ence.

Be­fore the few min­utes of sub-par end, though, there was close to 270 min­utes of wellde­liv­ered Peter Tosh mu­sic. In the open­ing of sev­eral mini-sets, An­drew also sang his fa­ther’s African. Ap­pro­pri­ately, Mer­mans, from the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo did Mama Africa. Dur­ing his de­liv­ery of Bush Doc­tor, Kin­sey did the first of a num­ber of gui­tar so­los, which the au­di­ence ap­pre­ci­ated An­drew Tosh (left) and Etana. Mar­cia Grif­fiths (left) and An­drew Tosh. im­mensely. It was a night when the mu­si­cians (in­clud­ing the four-man horn sec­tion built around long-stand­ing mem­bers Nambo Robin­son and Dean Fraser) were given room to play, Cowan not­ing that it was a fea­ture of Peter Tosh’s songs.

Kabaka Pyra­mid leans more to­wards de­jaay­ing and is a com­pe­tent rap­per. As a singer, us­ing deeper than ac­cus­tomed tones, he was su­perb on Whatcha Gonna Do? and Them Haffi Get a Beat­ing, Word, Sound and Power play­ing the rock­ers at the cor­rect slow tempo. Mar­cia Grif­fiths and An­drew Tosh did Walk and

Don’t Look Back (orig­i­nally Lu­ciano on stage at the Peter Tosh Trib­ute Con­cert, held at Pulse’s 38 Trafal­gar Road, New Kingston, headquarters on Satur­day night.

Gui­tarist Don­ald Kin­sey per­forms as part of Word, Sound and Power Band at Satur­day night’s Peter Tosh Trib­ute Con­cert held at Pulse’s 38 Trafal­gar Road, New Kingston, headquarters. a duet with Mick Jag­ger and Peter Tosh), which fea­tured a sax­o­phone solo by Fraser.

Chronixx, who also mainly dee­jays, took on Burial to ex­cel­lent re­sults, his stage move­ment min­i­mal as the slow rhythm in­fused the crowd. Arise Black Man was a wel­come sur­prise se­lec­tion and Stop That Train also went over well.

Cre­ation was a per­fect fit for Lu­ciano, with his deep in­to­na­tion and pen­chant for read­ing from the Bible at his per­for­mances. He did not do it at length, but moved on to Le­gal­ize It, an ac­cus­tomed in­clu­sion in his set, which was de­liv­ered su­perbly, and ended with Equal Rights be­fore ac­cept­ing the au­di­ence’s ap­plause with out­spread arms.

Etana was the stand-in for Gwen Guthrie as An­drew Tosh re­turned for his fa­ther’s Noth­ing But Love, An­drew stay­ing for Rasta­fari Is. Cowan said dur­ing Peter’s per­for­mances, it was done for 12 min­utes; on Satur­day night that was cut in half and in­cluded a sear­ing Kin­sey solo.

Tar­rus Ri­ley in­cluded a con­tem­po­rary ref­er­ence in Tosh’s You Can’t Blame The Youth, the crowd cheer­ing as he sang “You tell the youth about Don­ald Trump/And I know Don­ald Trump is a skunk.” Glass House was an up­tempo jam.

Kin­sey added vo­cals to his gui­tar, play­ing on Where You Gonna Run, and Dre Tosh took on his grand­fa­ther’s Maaga Dog. Live Wyya band, which also plays Tosh mu­sic in its set, de­liv­ered Brand New Sec­ond Hand and Jah Guide be­fore Word, Sound and Power re­turned for An­drew Tosh to lead the au­di­ence in a jam on Buk-InHamm Palace. Den­roy Mor­gan was a part of the clos­ing Get Up, Stand Up, at the end of which mem­bers of the Tosh fam­ily gath­ered on stage and Min­is­ter of Cul­ture, Gen­der, En­ter­tain­ment and Sport Olivia Babsy’ Grange made a public com­mit­ment to the Tosh Mu­seum and legacy.

Dur­ing his host­ing du­ties, Tony Rebel dropped a cou­ple bongo clip­pings and Rasta cas­tles in the spirit of Peter Tosh’s word play. And af­ter the live mu­sic ended, Mutabaruka, in his DJ role, served up the real thing from Peter Tosh’s record­ings.

Kabaka Pyra­mid

PA­TRICK PLANTER/FREE­LANCE PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

UP­TEMPO JAM

Chronixx

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