Each week, FADER Media Style Director Chioma Nnadi will comment on the throwback style and fashion of a Suite903 artist. Today’s Re-Issue: Peter Tosh.
I've had the movie Rockers in my Netflix queue for the past three months. I LIVE for '70s and '80s reggae style, but for some reason I wanted to wait out the winter months before putting this film at the top of list. The weather gods were kind to New Yorkers this past weekend, which has prompted me to revisit my movie picks, and put me in the mood for all kinds of sunshine tunes. There is no music in the video clip of Peter Tosh at Sunsplash '79, just the smooth and silky tones of the Jamaican singer's speaking voice—and to be honest I could literally listen to this dude's voice all day long.
Tosh had what I like to call understated swag—his uniform of beanie hat and beat-up tee was only really accessorized with a quietly regal attitude. Not to say that Tosh didn't have his flamboyant get-ups too—there is a great video of him on David Letterman in a crazy white caftan—but somehow he was the master of keeping it irie and low-key. Asked in the interview, whether he thinks that reggae will one day take over the world, he responds thus between bites of an apple: "That's what reggae supposed to be, if reggae is not accepted around all four corners of the Earth than what's the use of a music?"