South Africa is set to honour reggae legend Peter Tosh this April posthumously. The Jamaican icon will be awarded the Order of Ikhamanga for his role in South Africa’s fight against apartheid.
Tosh, who died in 1987, was famous for using his music to advance the liberation cause worldwide with incisive and awareness-raising lyrics that inspired and motivated people to take action against oppressive regimes.
The Order of Ikhamanga is a prestigious South African honour bestowed upon citizens who excel in arts, culture, literature, music, journalism, and sport. It is given to those who have significantly contributed to the country’s struggle for democracy, human rights, justice, and peace. The award is given in three classes – gold, silver, and bronze. Along with Peter Tosh, the creator of the popular TV show, Generations, aired on Jamaican television, will also receive the Order of Ikhamanga.
This year’s recipients also include US songwriter and singer Tracy Chapman, who will be honoured for her contribution to the fight for freedom. Chapman took part in efforts to free Nelson Mandela and raised awareness of human rights violations globally.
The awards ceremony will take place on April 28th, with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa presenting the honours. The event will be held at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria. These honours serve as a tribute to the significant role played by these individuals in advancing the struggle against apartheid and promoting human rights and justice worldwide.