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No Nuclear War. The final album release (1987) of a great man’s career, etched with passion and urgency. His rich baritone voice played on your senses as he sung his final tribute to his people, against his oppressors, the “Vampires” that made him scream “Nah Goa Jail”, or the “Lessons in my Life” that taught him that “Money can make friendships end”, but regardless of this, we must “Come Together”; a blatant plea for worldly unity and “No Nuclear War.”
Peter Tosh, (former member of The Wailers, now deceased) took Reggae internationally and stood as the first artist to sign with the Rolling Stones. Born, Winston Hubert McIntosh, Tosh spent his latter teenage years in the infamous Kingston shantytown, Trenchtown, where he was raised by his mother. Tosh was a self-taught musician and one of the original members of the then ‘Wailing Wailers’ band. After the group’s first break-up, Tosh re-teamed with Robert Nesta Marley and Neville ‘Bunny’ Livingstone in the early 1960s and subsequently renamed the group ‘the Wailers’. The band is today still recognized as one of the few groups to make a steady and successful transition into Reggae, out of Ska and Rocksteady.
“Truth has been branded outlaw and illegal. It is dangerous to have truth in your possession. You can be found guilty and sentenced to death.” – Peter Tosh
After leaving the Wailers in 1974, Tosh went on to produce a number of successful solo albums such as Legalize it, Equal Rights, Bush Doctor, Mystic Man, Wanted Dread and Alive, Mama Africa and subsequent
ly No Nuclear War for which he received a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Performance in 1987. His second album, Equal Rights, was no less revolutionary or influential, featuring hit singles such as I Am That I Am, Equal Rights, African, Jah Guide and Apartheid.
Music inspires, it gives hope to the hopeless and thought to the thoughtless. Tosh was a known activist, a rebellious revolutionary, never afraid ‘fi mash smadi corn’. A one man army, where his music was his ultimate weapon, spreading the word against injustice, the dangers of nuclear weapons and the sacrilege that was the Apartheid. On September 11, 1987 Winston Hurbert McIntosh (Peter Tosh), was gunned down in his home by robbers, he was 42 years old.
“I mean the flesh, never fade! The flesh never leave the creation, see, because with that divine spirit the flesh cannot fade. If the spirit is weak then the flesh fade, seen?” – Peter Tosh