TOSH 1 - PERFORMING ON THE ANNUAL PETER TOSH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION IN BERKELEY, CA - TOURING THE WESTERN US AND CANADA IN SUPPORT OF HIS NEW ALBUM – DEATH TO THE SHITSTEM – OCTOBER / NOVEMBER, 2012
Tosh 1, Jawara McIntosh, the youngest son of the late great Reggae icon Winston Hubert McIntosh, aka Peter Tosh, was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1980. He moved to Boston in 1985 where he was raised by his mother, Melody. Tosh 1 has performed all over the world and he does especially well on the festival circuit. This October / November, 2012 Tosh 1 is doing a Western US / Canada tour.
Tosh 1 is now set to release his highly anticipated album Death to the Shitstem. This album is slated to drop on October 19th, his Father’s birth day. The album features songs like Get up Stand Up his up to the time rendition of The Wailers Classic, Babylon Burnin, Man Up, just to name a few. This new album is a revolutionary embodiment of Tosh 1’s signature hip-hop meets reggae brand of music, the best of both worlds!
In Boston, Tosh 1 was introduced to rap and hip-hop, the flow and flavor of LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Ice Cube and Run DMC. “That was when music was real,” says Tosh 1, who started mixing the sounds of reggae with loops and samples of hip-hop in high school. Tosh has a love-hate relationship with the hip-hop genre, and believes many of its artists have gone astray, seduced by major record deals, fast cars and expensive clothes.
“The same revolutionary spirit that once inspired me has been transformed into everything it once detested,” says Tosh 1.In 2000, Tosh 1 decided to record a couple of tracks in the studio, creating a hybrid sound that blended urban sounds, but still stayed true to the tenets of reggae and its messages of social change, activism and spirituality. “It was like second nature, like magic,” says Tosh 1. “People just fell in love with it.” Tosh 1 is a revolutionary artist with an impetus to right wrongs. “I give people food for thought,” explains Tosh 1. “It’s about waking people up. I am going to expose the system for what it is. We have to be more conscious of our life here on earth and stop complaining.”
This October / November Western U S tour is slated to be a special treat for all those Peter Tosh fans who have been waiting for Peter’s next release, and for the younger generations who never got to see Peter Tosh perform live in the flesh. Peter’s youngest son, Tosh 1 has now taken the torch and moved ahead with youthful strength and vigor to carry on the work of his father.
BIOGRAPHY: TOSH 1
Tosh 1, the son of the late great Reggae icon Winston Hubert McIntosh a.k.a. Peter Tosh, was born in Kingston, Jamaica. At the tender age of five he moved to the states; into what would be his life long home in Boston, Massachusetts. And although unknown at the time to him, it was like destiny that young Tosh moved to Boston... Where he would first encounter hip-hop. He immediately took to pioneers of hip-hop like Public Enemy, Kool Moe Dee, N.W.A., L.L. Cool J, and others. Virtually hypnotized by albums like Public Enemy’s It Takes a Nation of Millions, Ice Cube’s Amerikkas Most Wanted, and L.L. Cool J’s Mama Said Knock You Out, in conjunction with other ground breaking works, he quickly developed a love and a passion for the art of rap.
At the age of seven, the time of his father’s untimely death is when young Tosh first picked up a pen and began to write. Haunted by the murder of his father and continuously perplexed by the unanswered questions surrounding this tragic event, young Tosh desperately sought an outlet in which to discharge his frustration.
Tosh1's personal taste in music became influenced by the rhythms and lyrics of his uncle Bunny Wailer, Bob Marley and his father Peter Tosh. He was inspired and moved by the hard-hitting cultural message of foundation reggae. As Tosh 1 grew older and more in tune with his roots, the fire that burned deep within compelled him to carry on the Legacy of his father as well as establish his own. In time he would become completely absorbed by the spiritual messages behind his father's words. With his first remake of "You Can't blame the youths" he proved to himself and fan's that he was ready to awaken the spirit of his Father and deliver the message to his generation. After many years of training and honing his lyrical abilities, Tosh 1 a economics major has truly become a master at his craft and humbly seeks to t ake his music to a higher level. Tosh 1 states "My mission is to deliver a message of Truth without compromise in the language I am most familiar with; the language of the struggle.” With his powerful singing voice and lyrical generalship Tosh 1 displays a versatility that is unmatched amazingly to fans of the reggae and
At Tosh1's first official live concerts at the Paradise Rock club in Boston, a venue his father once graced over a decade ago, and at the Hut Tin Roof on the Island of Martha's Vineyard, performing as a virtual unknown, a hyper-energetic Tosh 1 managed to stir audiences into an amazing frenzy. The son of Peter Tosh displayed his unparalleled lyrical talent and remarkable versatility as he covered his father’s songs beautifully while seamlessly intertwining his signature brand of revolutionary lyrics. His impression was impossible for onlookers to deny his ability. In 2005 Tosh 1 opened for some of the biggest names in the business. He uniquely graced the stage with Sizzla, Gregory Isaac, Shabba Ranks, Damian Marley, and performed live with Sinead O’Conner backed by Sly & Robbie, toured with Heavy Weight Dub Champion. He has also recorded with the son of the late great Dennis Emmanuel Brown, Daniel Brown and is looking forward to doing more collaborations. In August of 2006, Tosh 1 touched down in the Far East, performing along side legendary roots artist Horace Andy, resurrecting vintage classics like "Mark of the Beast" and "Vampire", once again displaying his incomparable versatility. In December of 2007, Tosh also shared a stage with reggae superstar Jah Cure in front of a sold out crowd in Antigua. 2009, Tosh1 has toured several States, backed by The Dis N Dat Band, performed with The Original Wailers Band, covering songs like “Get Up Stand Up ”and Exodus.Life Fest 2010,held in Jamaica, Tosh1 and Bunny Wailer joined together on stage and put on a encore performance! In 2011 Tosh 1 took E uropre by storm performing in La Caruna, Spain at the Foundation Reggae Festival and The African Music Festival in Emmendigen, Germany.
Tosh 1 is now set to release his highly anticipated album “Death to the Shitstem” October 19th his Father’s earth strong. The album will feature songs like Get up Stand Up his up to the time rendition of The Wailers Classic, Babylon Burnin, Man Up, just to name a few. The album will be a revolutionary embodiment of Tosh 1’s signature hip-hop meets reggae brand of music, the best of both worlds!
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