We’re proud to share the news that Propeller artist Tai Kim’s “Jokjah” format painting of Peter Tosh entitled “Jah Guide” was presented to the Peter Tosh Family and has now joined the museum’s amazing art, music and memorabilia collection! The “Jokjah” format is a traditional East Asian frame painting frame style; as in all her work, Tai combines her deep knowledge of old traditional Asian formats with modern Western techniques.
In addition to being a multi-disciplinary Artist, Tai Kim has been collaborating and working with the rough and tough Toronto reggae band House of David Gang since 2009. She has been involved in art direction including producing the band’s album cover of their acclaimed “Reggae Warrior” album, custom merchandise and as a special guest performer. During the last few years, Tai has been battling cancer. She has been able to overcome the disease and is treating her severe pain with the help of medical marijuana and believes she finds the courage to keep positive through reggae music and her visual art.
Toronto is home to Canada’s largest Jamaican community and has one of the most vibrant reggae scenes in all of Canada. Some of reggae’s finest lived in Toronto over the years. including Studio One’s Jackie Mittoo, Leroy Sibbles and Stranger Cole and some of the biggest worldwide reggae hits(such as Snow’s ‘Informer’ & ‘Come Around’ by Collie Buddz) were recorded in the city.
Collin “Jahlin” Edwards, a veteran drummer from the House of David Gang, was contacted by a member of reggae immortal Peter Tosh’s family who said she lived in Toronto. Peter Tosh’s granddaughter Akayda Tosh explained that she wanted to attend House of David Gang’s Tribute to her uncle the late Peter Tosh and meet the band. Jahlin wasn’t entirely surprised by the Tosh family’s Toronto connection, but was deeply honoured to meet her since Peter Tosh has been one of his music idols and because his band has been hosting a Peter Tosh Tribute in the city for over 20 years.
After the show held at Toronto’s Rivoli, the House of David Gang were pleased to meet Akayda who described to them all the good work she and the Peter Tosh Family Estate were doing to open a Peter Tosh Museum. Located in New Kingston, Jamaica off Trafalgar Rd. near Jimmy Cliff’s recording studio, was the future home of the first museum for acclaimed reggae music artist which will display Peter’s personal artifacts, such as his M16 gun guitars, unicycle, Grammy awards and platinum records.
Tai Kim along with her partner Jahlin Edwards had kept in touch with Akayda, and flew down to Jamaica in November 2017 to visit the new Peter Tosh Museum and to contribute her piece “Jah Guide”, now a part of the museum’s collection! Tai and Jahlin would like to thank The Peter Tosh Museum, Peter’s granddaughter Ali Tosh and as well as Pulse Entertainment CEO Kingsley Cooper for the warm welcome. House of David Gang continues to highlight Peter Tosh’s musical legacy in Toronto and their next tribute held annually on his birthday in October will represent the evening’s 25th Anniversary.