After a quarter of a century after his death, Peter Tosh will be conferred his first national honor in Jamaica.
Born Winston Hubert McIntosh, the co-founder of Tuff Gong Records and the world’s best-known reggae group -- Bob Marley & The Wailers – will be lauded during a ceremony slated for Oct. 12, National Heroes Day.
Tosh with Neville “Bunny” Livingston and Marley were teenagers when they banded to entertain Jamaicans.
Their talent transcended the small Trench Town, Kingston community to reach a global audience that embraces their style and message.
Although the trio disbanded, individually each member left an indelible impression on the world.
Tosh’s posthumous honor will declare the Wailer recipient of the Order of Merit (OM), the nation’s third highest.
“The Order of Merit is the third highest honor and may be conferred upon any citizen of Jamaica who has achieved eminent international distinction in his or her field of endeavor,” a statement from the Jamaica information
Tosh died Sept. 11, 1987 at age 42 during a burglary and tragic shooting at his home.
Since his death, he has been awarded numerous accolades including the music industry’s highest honor, a posthumous Grammy award. However, this national acknowledgement marks the first from his birth island.