Sunday, 30 September 2012

NEWS + NOTES: Tosh’s former manager reacts to OM honour + Richie Spice on his acoustic tip

HE IS LEGEND: “Recognition for Winston Hubert McIntosh, aka Peter Tosh, at the highest level, by the land of his birth, is long overdue and well deserved,” notes Herbie Miller, Tosh’s former manager and present director/curator of the Jamaica Music Museum, in a Sunday Gleaner column. “Similar to the Rolling Stones and the Beatles, it is for artistic excellence, his social and political activity through music and his inspiration to others in diverse arenas across the world for which he is being honoured with the nation's highest civilian award, the Order of Merit, not whether “him cuss bad wud or smoke weed.” And after contemplation, I do believe Tosh would accept the OM in the name of and on behalf of the Jamaican proletariat. I also believe on acceptance he would find some meaning other than Order of Merit for this award.” 
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RASTA GOT SOUL: Returning to the scene with refreshing tunes, Richie Spice is set to release a new album like none he’s ever put out before. The 15-track Soothing Sounds: Acoustic will be released on October 23 via Tad's Record and will feature some of the reggae crooner best-loved songs in an unplugged format. “I wanted listeners to look to the music and lyrics in my songs, and to show the world that good things come from Jamaica and our Jamaican music can play in any style and format,” he recently told the Observer. “Most time people just come listen your music, hol’ a vibe and dance without really knowing what the music is about. So with this acoustic album, I just want to present a more intimate vibe so that people can get a full ‘overstanding’ of what the music is about.”




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