Peter Tosh (Winston Hubert McIntosh) was a Jamaican born reggae performer. He was a founding member of the band that became The Wailers, was one of the artists who developed and defined reggae music and brought it to the world, and, after all that, had a very successful solo career, including being the 1st performer signed to the Rolling Stones record label. Tosh was a part of all of The Wailers' early Jamaican recordings and performed on the first 2 Island Records albums. After the Burnin' album was released Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer left the group due to disagreements with the president of Island Records. He then went on to have a very successful solo career releasing 7 studio albums. He died after being shot in the head during a break-in and robbery at his Jamaican home by a man that he had previously helped and 2 other, unknown, gunmen.
400 Years was written by Peter Tosh and originally recorded on The Wailers‘ album Soul Rebels in 1970. It was later re-recorded for the 1st Island Records album, Catch a Fire, with Tosh leading the vocals on both recordings. After leaving The Wailers, Tosh would regularly perform the song live. It is a reference to how long Africans were used as slaves by Europeans and Americans and says that the same philosophy is still believed and is behind racism and oppression. This recording was made at a concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival on 16 July, 1979.
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