Excerpt from the (c) Reggae book of light and truths- the archives of Ras Cardo. PETER TOSH BY RAS CARDO- WE AND DEM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
WRITTEN WITHOUT PREJUDICE- FOR THE LOVE OF MY BRETHREN.
CAVEAT: THOSE WHO THINK THAT I WOULD BE STUPID TO REVEAL AND BETRAY THE TRUST AND CONFIDENCES OF MY TRENCH TOWN BRETHRENS SO THAT THIEVES CAN BRING MY TRUTHS TO MARKET IN THE RAPING AND ROBBINGS OF MY PEOPLE AND OUR TRENCH TOWN REGGAE LEGACY AND HISTORY, CAN KEEP WAITING.
The Reggae I named, created, and the music which carries its messages to the world has not helped and benefited the poor people and the people of Trench Town from whence it came.
Jah has made it so that I now bear witness to the many inhumane, inhospitable, and inimical sufferings of my people including those of us from those early trench town days who have toiled, suffered and died as martyrs for this genre of music.
Whenever I look at the many works in the archival history of my trench town brethrens and sistrens and I, my question to Jah has always been- WHY THIS HEAVY AND BURDENSOME LOAD.
For though I may know the answer, I also know that its impossible to go live into the past.
The inimitable experiences of our trench town days where we had to fight against the injustices and the enemies of a system filled with iniquities and murderous strategies all aimed at getting rid of us because we spoke the truth, will never be forgotten.
I could sit and say- WHY ME JAH? But I know that Jah works must be done by whom he so choose to do it.
Peter Tosh- was a man of truth, who never tolerated injustice, yet as he spoke out against it he suffered many tribulations because of it.
He would have allowed me to tell you this: I was the first person whom he sought when he was brutally assaulted by the police suffering a broken forearm/wrist. I then took him to get help.
There is a lot of details to all this but I will not go into that at this time. I AM HERE TO BRING HONOR AND DIGNITY TO HIS NAME AND HIS WORKS BEFITTING A MESSENGER OF THE MOST HIGH GOD OF ALL CREATION.
HE WAS GROSSLY MIS-UNDERSTOOD, MADE A MOCKERY OF, RIDICULED, BETRAYED, AND THEN ASSASSINATED, ALL BECAUSE HE SPOKE THE TRUTH AND DEFENDED THE RIGHTS OF POOR PEOPLE.
MANY OF THOSE WHO HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO HANG AROUND HIM IN HIS LATTER YEARS USED HIM FOR WHAT THEY WANTED. THEY CARED NOT, NEITHER DID THEY GAVE A DAMN ABOUT THE TRUTH OF WHAT HE WAS TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH.
TODAY, IN 2015 YOU SEE GOVERNMENTS LEGALIZING MARIJUANA FOR WHAT THEY CALL- ” MEDICAL REASONS”- SOMETHING WE KNEW LONG AGO THAT IT WAS GOOD FOR. YET THIS WAS THE SAME REASONS WHY THEY TORTURED AND CRUCIFIED HIM WHEN HE SANG ABOUT IT. HOW HYPOCRITICAL AND MURDEROUS ARE THOSE WICKED MEN.
THEY WERE MOSTLY COWARDS, AND JUDASES, AKIN TO THE BETRAYAL OF JESUS CHRIST BY PETER AND JUDAS.
I knew Peter long before any music took place. I used to visit him in his yard, and he spent a lot of time in mine. My parents knew him and cared for him well. He was a part of our family and so was all the others in the reggae community that the world now knows about.
We reasoned about everything seen and unseen. We collaborated on many projects. My father helped him to learn the harmonica.
I know that Peter was a true and courageous genius. Just how much of a genius he was, the world will never know, and I may never tell.
Those who write about him as a – STEPPIN RAZOR- should know who and where he got that name from and why?
Whenever I look and reflect on all of us from those early days, I relive the pain from the experiences of the sufferings and some good times which Jah has allowed us to share before our departure.
I see so many in the reggae media land writing and saying things about Peter that they have filtered down from several parasitic and narcissistic sources, which they sell to the public who know not the truth. LET ME SAY THIS: PETER TOSH- THE RASTAMAN. DID NOT LEND HIMSELF TO THE EXPERIMENTATION AND OPENESS LIKE THOSE CAGED ANIMAL SPECIMENS WAITING TO BE DISSECTED IN A BIOLOGICAL LAB.
THE TRUTHS WE SPEAK NEED NO APOLOGIES. IT NEEDS NO SHAME. IT STANDS ON ITS OWN.IT IS THE GOOD THAT WILL TRIUMPH OVER ALL EVIL. IT IS INCONTROVERTIBLE.
The Reggae we created in 1962 in my trench town back yard is for a reason. It was not the works of a fool.
TODAY I STAND BEFORE THE WORLD AND ALL MEDIA TO DECLARE THAT WHAT I DID CREATE WITH MY BRETHRENS IN 1962 TRENCH TOWN WILL HEAL THE NATIONS AND FREE THE PEOPLE FOR THE REDEMPTION OF JAH KINGDOM.
THE GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS CAN NOT TELL YOU WHAT I KNOW ABOUT REGGAE.THE PROFESSORS IN THE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES CANNOT TELL YOU.THOSE IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS HAVE NO CLUE. THOSE WHO TRY TO STEAL AND RUN WITH BITS AND PIECES OF REGGAE NEWS AND UNTRUTHS FOR SALE ARE LIKE THE THIEF WHO WILLGRAB A WOMAN’S PURSE NOT KNOWING IF ITS FULL OR EMPTY WITH VALUABLES.
Yet I am comforted in the knowledge of the good times we shared together since those early trench town days up and until his departure from planet earth.
JAMAICA, AND THE WORLD HAS LOST YET ANOTHER GREAT SOLDIER, HUMANITARIAN, AND FRIEND OF THE PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY THE POOR. THOSE WHO SAY THEY GOVERN JAMAICA WILL SOME DAY REGRET WHAT THEY HAVE DONE TO NOT JUST US,AS REGGAE MESSENGERS, BUT TO THE POOR PEOPLE.
THOSE WHO HAVE STOLEN FROM US OVER THE YEARS WILL REAP THE BREAD OF SORROW, FOR WHAT WAS SWEET TO THE MOUTH SHALL BECOME BITTER TO THE BELLY.
It has been to date as at this writing, 27 years since you were taken away from us. May Jah rest your soul my brethren, till we meet again in Jah kingdom. (c) Ras cardo speaks. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED GLOBALLY.