Beginning today, MIDNIGHT RAVER BLOG contributor and avid Peter Tosh collector Timos Klingman will be sharing his archives. A lifelong reggae fan and collector of all things Tosh, Timos has one of the deepest archives around. We are absolutely thrilled that he has offered to share his collection here at the MIDNIGHT RAVER BLOG in order to further complete what seems to be a Tosh historical record that goes on forever.
First though, I share from the MIDNIGHT RAVER BLOG archive an interview/press conference from Swaziland 1983. In December 1983, Peter visited Swaziland to perform his Mama Africa set. It would be one of his last shows.
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Here is an interview from Drum Magazine that was conducted during Peter’s visit to Swaziland. Give thanks to Timos Klingman for sharing this press article.
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They would be two of his last shows. There were two concerts in Lobamba.
Hi, My name is Todd. I was there at both the press conference and at the show itself. I got a press pass from the Swazi Government that allowed me access to the photographers area right in front of the state and I shot one roll of stills. It was an Amazing show starting out in sun and ending in rain. I even asked a question at the press conference but it was at the end after the tape cuts off. I asked him if Sly and Robbie were joining him for the show. He briefly answered no. Brilliant to hear the Press conference in part. There were about 50 people there in a rather small conference room. You can hear Peter playing an acoustic guitar as he answers questions. The concert itself was a political as well as musical event with thousands of South Africans crossing the border to come see the show. The RSA was still under Apartheid at the time and I heard there were not kind to folks coming back over after the gig. It was truly moving to see a huge crowd (I would guess 10,000 at least) of every color grooving to Tosh in all his glory. If Timos has the rest of the press conference or any other media from this show, I would be very glad indeed to get access to it.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Id love to interview you about the show.
I was fortunate to be at Peter Tosh’a Mama Africa concert in Swaziland 1983. It’s a while back now but can anyone remember towards the end of the show, when it started raining and he sang let the rain come down . I remember not one person left the stadium to go to the stands for cover . It was so electric and reached our souls.
How lucky to have been in the presence of such an artist.