by Peter Tosh, Illustrated by Rachel Moss
Publication Date: Jun 02, 2020
List Price: $16.95
Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
Target Age Group: Picture Book
Imprint: Akashic Books
Publisher: Akashic Books
Parent Company: Akashic Books
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A beautiful children’s picture book featuring the lyrics of Peter Tosh’s global classic celebrating children of African descent.
So don’t care where you come from
As long as you’re a black man, you’re an African
No mind your nationality
You have got the identity of an African
African is a children’s book featuring lyrics by Peter Tosh and illustrations by Jamaican artist Rachel Moss. The song "African" by Peter Tosh was originally released in 1977 on his second solo record, Equal Rights. He wrote the song during a time of civil unrest in Jamaica as a reminder to all black people that they were part of the same community. The album is considered one of the most influential reggae works of all time.
"The joyful illustrations depict young and older black people of various colors, with many different hairstyles and wearing an array of clothing styles, playing, riding, dancing, and walking…The dynamic art and text work together to form a loving ode to belonging for black people of the diaspora."
"[A] survey of Tosh’s repertoire reminds us that his best works were distinctive and impactful. When the Wailers were first starting their careers at Studio One, Tosh voiced boastful classics…When the Wailers launched their own label in 1968, Tosh became the Stepping Razor, adapting a song written by the Wailers’ harmony coach, Joe Higgs, and when the trio began working with visionary producer Lee ’Scratch’ Perry, he recorded ’400 Years, ’ one of the most moving explorations of the historical injustices of slavery and its lingering aftermath…His Legalize It album was far ahead of its time in demanding the decriminalization of marijuana in 1975, while Equal Rights reminded that peace will never come without justice…[He was] one of reggae’s most fiery and controversial performers, whose work remains relevant."
"Tosh’s first two solo records, Legalize It and Equal Rights, are not just two of the best reggae records ever, but also two of the finest records of the ’70s, period. They were inventive and deeply catchy records full of songs that could be as playful as they were defiant. Peter Tosh was always outspoken, always the rebel, but it was the way he said things—that honeyed voice, those brilliant and subtly intricate compositions—that set him apart."
- Juvenile Fiction / Diversity & Multicultural
- Juvenile Fiction / Media Tie-In
- Juvenile Fiction / People & Places / Africa
- Juvenile Fiction / Performing Arts / Music