ANDREW TOSH AND KYMANI MARLEY, FIRST IN DECADES: NEXT-GEN MARLEY AND TOSH TOGETHER IN SONG
There are things in life that are certain. You know the usual death, taxes and time waits for no man kinda talk. But another thing that cannot be denied is the legacy that a man leaves for his child. This thought is the basis of the new tribute album LEGACY from Andrew Tosh, son of legendary reggae pioneer Peter Tosh.
For the uninitiated among you, Peter Tosh was a founding member, along with Bob Marley, Cherry Smith, Junior Brathwaite, Beverly Kelso and Bunny Wailer, of the original Wailers band. The Wailers, from its formation in 1963 to its eventual disbandment in 1974, was responsible for the most poignant music coming from the island of Jamaica even to this day.
With noted classics such as ‘Simmer Down’, ‘Get Up, Stand Up’ and ‘Trenchtown Rock’, The Wailers remains one of the most renowned reggae acts globally.
After becoming a solo act, Peter Tosh and his music became symbols of rebellion and albums: LEGALIZE IT, EQUAL RIGHTS and WANTED DREAD AND ALIVE serve to reflect Peter’s seemingly militant stance. However in one of his more reflective moods, Peter produced one his most loved songs by his fans worldwide.
Appearing on his last studio album release NO NUCLEAR WAR, ‘Lessons In My Life’ speaks philosophically about things he has realized about life and the people in it. This song is especially prophetic as it was released only weeks before Peter’s untimely death at the hands of a former friend. Fast forward to 2010, and Peter’s son Andrew’s celebration of his father works in the form of LEGACY.
Andrew has not only chosen ‘Lessons In My Life’ as the lead single from the album but also has recruited the voice of Kymani Marley to help him deliver the message of the song to the people. This is significant as it features for the very first time, the offspring of Peter Tosh and Bob Marley collaborating on a track together. And what a track it is. Andrew, fusing some of the elements of the original track with his updated interpretation, really got the tone of the song right with his vocal delivery.
Kymani aptly controls the second verse only after expertly intertwining his voice with Andrew’s in the first verse. The track itself features the use of the congo drum, guitar and at certain instances, the violin. If fans of the original Peter Tosh offering listen closely they will hear a sample taken from the original song.
This song is a very worthy tribute from Andrew to his late father and if the rest of the album was produced with such care and dedication then the world will surely once again say ‘Igziabeher (Let Jah Be Praised)’.
As you can see Andrew Tosh is carrying on his father’s musical legacy with even the potential to take it to new heights in the new millenium. Hopefully he remembers that as a part of a legacy…He is sharing dreams and trying to changing humanity for the better. These are types of legacies that should never die.
This is the single from the album titled “LEGACY” by Andrew Tosh. It features Kymani Marley. LEGACY is a tribute album by Andrew to the works of his father, Peter Tosh. The first single, “Lessons In My Life” is significant, since it features for the first time, a Tosh and a Marley of the next generation coming together.