Grange, Marley receive Tosh Awards ... Icon’s birthday celebrations continue tomorrow
Peter Tosh’s 75th birthday celebrations began last night with the annual Black Tie Awards Gala, held at The Pulse Suites at Villa Ronai, Stony Hill. The 2019 award recipients were Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, Cedella Marley, Steve DeAngelo and Douglas Gordon.
The Peter Tosh Music Festival continues tonight with the symposium at The University of the West Indies. The three-day celebration will conclude tomorrow with the tribute concert, set for the Pulse Centre in New Kingston. Andrew Tosh, Ky-Mani Marley, Bushman, Duane Stephenson, Warrior King, Ken Boothe and Samory I are set to perform.
For her contribution to the arts, entertainment and culture throughout her illustrious career, Grange was recognised with the Steppin Razor Award. The minister of culture, gender, entertainment and sport, Grange has had a long career as a cultural activist, working at the grass-roots level in developing and managing talent. She is an artiste, director, event planner and an ardent supporter and promoter of Jamaica’s creative and cultural industries. She is also a pioneering contributor to the development of the reggae and dancehall music industry in Jamaica, Canada and the United States.
Steve DeAngelo was recognised this year for making an outstanding contribution to the struggle of equal rights for all. The long-time ganja advocate, dubbed the ‘Father of the Cannabis Industry’ by San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown in 2014, launched the Last Prisoner Project in the United States earlier this year.
Set free cannabis prisoners
In a story by entertainment glossy Variety, DeAngelo noted: “It was brown and black people who first brought hemp to this country. And then it was championed by those with HIV, those that society chooses to forget.” He continued, “We will not rest, and we will not stop until the last cannabis prisoner is set free.”
Niambe Tosh, executive of the Peter Tosh legacy and brand, stated, “We believe that DeAngelo is deserving of the Peter Tosh award for Equal Rights and Justice, given his years of marijuana activism and his most recent initiative fighting for justice reform on behalf of marijuana users.”
Douglas Gordon received the Legalise It Award for his work with CanEx and his continued push to legalise marijuana. Through CanEx, Gordon has brought many luminaries of this fast-growing global industry to Jamaica and has established an important channel for international networking and up-to-the-minute information around cannabis.
Cedella Marley, daughter of music legend and Wailer Bob Marley, will accept her accolade at the Peter Tosh Tribute Concert tomorrow. She is being recognised with the Bush Doctor Award for her outstanding work and contribution to the music industry. Marley, a former member of the Melody Makers with her siblings Ziggy, Stephen and Sharon Marley, is the CEO of Tuff Gong International. She is also a highly respected fashion designer and a global ambassador for the Jamaica Reggae Girlz football team. As executor of the Bob Marley Estate, she manages a wide portfolio of music culture and entertainment-related companies and has contributed significantly to the development of these industries in Jamaica and the world.