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The late Peter Tosh to be honored

Reggae singer will be celebrated through words and music at the Calabash International Literary Festival.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Late reggae legend Peter Tosh will be honored at the fourth annual Calabash International Literary Festival later this month.

The May 28-30 festival will bring together several internationally recognized writers, actors and musicians for public readings and performances.

It will take place in the small fishing village of Treasure Beach on Jamaica’s south coast, the Jamaica Tourist Board said Wednesday.

The festival will honor Tosh to mark the dreadlocked singer’s 60th birthday.

Tosh was the most outspoken member of the famed Wailers group in 1960s and went on to have a successful solo career with songs like “Equal Rights” and “Legalize It.” He was killed during a robbery at his Kingston home in 1987.

The celebration will include performances of Tosh’s songs by reggae singers Ibo Cooper, Wayne Armond and Stephen Golding.

Rita Marley, widow of reggae great Bob Marley, will read from her new book, “No Woman, No Cry.”

Also scheduled to attend is actress Phyllis Yvonne Stickney, whose films include “Malcolm X” and “What’s Love Got to Do With It.” Stickney will read excerpts from her one-woman comedy show, “P.S. I’m Still Standing.”

Other artists planning to attend are novelists Maryse Conde of Guadeloupe, Austin Clarke of Barbados and Cuban writer Arnaldo Correa.