Author/ Photographer of the book: BOB MARLEY & PETER TOSH
GET UP! STAND UP! Diary of a Reggaeophile
Foreword by Roberta Flack
Born and raised in Houston, Texas and completed undergraduate studies at Texas Southern University graduating magna cum laude in biology and chemistry, Fikisha accepted a research assistant position in lipid biochemistry at the University of Southern California where she co-authored five publications for journals such as Science, Journal of Lipid Biochemistry and Neuropathology. Interested in the adventures of New York City, she accepted a lecturer in biology position at Brooklyn College.
Other acclaims: Musician Roy Ayers named his tune "FIKISHA" for her. It is on his "Change Up The Groove" album; Winner of a Houston Public Library essay contest; published articles on musicians in international magazines; newspaper columnist on music for over two years; cover photography on albums by Steve Turre (with photographer, Malik Cumbo) , Dee Dee Bridgewater and Peter Tosh; photography exhibitions in New York and Los Angeles. She is a spoken word artist on the "Black Renaissance" classic album by Harry Whitaker. Presently living in New York City, as a Cultural Historian, she hosts and producers an art and culture television show which airs weekly in New York City and on the internet; writes books and enjoys the culture and vitality of the city. She has been featured in cable channel TV One's "Crime Files" on Peter Tosh (2012); continues to be a guest personality on New Zealand's international radio show-- "The Reggae Kulture Show", and is featured on A&E's Biography Channel's Digital On Line Channel on a bio on Bob Marley (Oct. 2013). She is listed in Who's Who International; Who's Who In Entertainment and the Who's Who Dictionary. She was honored to be interviewed as an important artist in Brooklyn by the Brooklyn Arts Council for their archives. Her photographs of Peter Tosh appear in John Masouri's book on Peter Tosh published by Omnibus Press in London, England in May of 2013. Her interview with Bob Marley and photographs of him appear in the book ,"Bob Marley: King of Reggae", published in 1984. Her show ,CACE INT'L TV Show was honored in 2014 by the BRIC organization's Brooklyn Public Network-Free Speech Television which will feature her shows in their archives, representing the best shows on the cable channel, which won a 2017 New York Emmy Award. Her Zora Neale Hurston television show was nominated for a CEBA Award. CACE INT'L TV video footage of Mor Thiam , father of pop star Akon, was a part of the VH1 "Behind The Music" show on Akon. Footage from her television show's "Stonewall Veterans' Reunion" is included in the 2017 film documentary, SYLVIA and MARSHA. Her essay is included in the 2017 book publication : BLACK LIVES HAVE ALWAYS MATTERED, an Anthology edited by the Last Poet, Abiodun Oyewole. She exhibited her photography in art shows: on Gordon Parks, presented by the African Voices Magazine; on Bob Marley at galleries; at the MoCADA Museum in Brooklyn's Ft. Greene area among other galleries. She has lectured at Vassar & the Harvard School of Divinity.
Passionate about music, she was introduced to reggae in the summer of 1975 and immediately fell in love with this music in which she couldn’t tell “where the beat drop.” During this period of her independent study at Goddard College for a master’s degree on “The Sociology of Musicians of the African Diaspora,” she met Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. Initially utilizing the formal sociological interview format she soon realized that it limited the artists’ full expression. Friendship with people prominent in the lives of Tosh and Marley, allowed her to interact on a regular basis with these two legends.
She is working on “The Musicians of the African Diaspora”, a book which includes over 90 interviews with such musicians as Eubie Blake, Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Run DMC, Melba Liston, Taj Mahal, Maurice White, Pop Staples, Salif Keita, Lucky Dube, Jimmy Cliff, Buddy Guy, Dr. Billy Taylor, Dr. .Donald Byrd , Robert Cray, Randy Weston, Billy Higgins, Roberta Flack, Billy Harper, Bobbi Humphrey, Gene McDaniels, Max Roach, Roy Ayers, Dr. Leonard Goines, Mario Bauza, Geri Allen, Abbey Lincoln, Pharoah Sanders, Dionne Warwick, Stanley Jordon, Betty Carter, Will Downing,Ben Harper, Rhonda Ross, Richie Havens, Arrow, Cassandra Wilson, Judy Mowatt, Burning Spear, Roberta Flack, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jon Hendricks, and T.S. Monk, among others. Many have appeared on her television show. It is a colossal work which is a cultural history of the musicians of the African Diaspora and will be available for the academic as well as the lay community. She is currently seek a major university, library or cultural organization to house the "Musician Study" archives
Currently she is the Editor- in-Chief of PURE JAZZ Magazine (www.purejazzmagazine.net) and the Producer/Director of the weekly CACE INT'L TV SHOW in New York City, NY and on the world wide web (www.Bricartsmedia.org) with You Tube (www.youtube.com/caceinternationaltv) channel viewers in over 225 countries (to date) of excerpts from the show with over 570,000 views of the show's channel worldwide (increasing by more than 2000 each month).
She is working on a documentary on the Mallems of Morocco having traveled to Morocco four times: taking a press crew of journalists and photographers to work with artist Abdelatif Zine's live paintings of Gnawan and jazz musicians; as photographer with the Randy Weston entourage; as tour guide with her CACE INT'L group trip and as Producer and Director of a film crew sponsored by the Moroccan National Tourist Office. She traveled to Jamaica with the Pete Tosh Estate to interview his mother and film the ground breaking of the Peter Tosh Memorial Park. She was the tour photographer for Kool & The Gang on their Reunion Island tour.
She is currently writing her memoirs.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Foreword by Roberta Flack
1 NATTY DREADLOCK BOB MARLEY 9 A biography of The Honorable Robert Nesta Marley, who is also known as Bob Marley and Tuff Gong. He is the foremost personality influencing the afro-centric hairstyle of dreadlocks as well as new additions to our word vocabulary and the world’s music library. He lived out his biography as an African nationalist whose music often mirrored his life.
2 ROOTS MAN PETER TOSH 31 This is a brief biography of Winston Hubert McIntosh, known as Peter Tosh. As a young child, his mother admonished him about putting his hands on everything. He would “rub him belly against it and say, ‘My name is Tosh so that means I must touch everything.’ ” He lived out his biography as a revolutionary African nationalist whose lyrics often reflected his own life.
3 POSITIVE VIBRATIONS 46 This is my first time hearing The Wailers live at The Schaffer Music Festival in Central Park in 1975 and meeting Bob Marley in a small, hot and crowded trailer after the concert. It also introduces Ozzie Brown who is the key person for my future foray into the world of Marley and Tosh.
4 SO MUCH T’INGS TO SAY 51 This is my first interview with Bob Marley as well as my first encounter with Jamaican patois speech patterns, which adds a bit of humor. It was taped June 20, 1975 at the Barbizon Plaza Hotel in mid-town Manhattan, New York City. This is my first time taking portrait photos during this interview.
5 BOB’S ‘YARD’ 74 A visit to Bob Marley’s home at 56 Hope Road with Herbie Miller brings photographs I’d taken at the Manhattan Center concert and during our interview.
6 MASH IT UP 79 Captures The Wailers’ rehearsals in Jamaica at Marley’s backyard studio at his Hope Road “Island House” October 1st, 2nd and 3rd of 1975 when Peter Tosh, Bunny Livingston, The I-Threes, dreadlocked men, women and children created a mystical, magical, almost dream-like experience.
7 VISION 86 Vision is the term used in Jamaica instead of ‘dream.’ Stevie Wonder, The Wailers and Third World perform in a “Dream Concert,” October 4,1975 in the Kingston National Stadium. This chapter takes you there from beginning to tumultuous encore with Bob, Peter, Bunny and The Wailers joining Stevie onstage.
8 STEPPIN’ RAZOR 95 A call from Tommy Cowan’s recording studio in Kingston, October 7,1975 invites me to interview the Steppin’ Rebel, Peter Tosh.
9 WELETA TSION - DAUGHTER OF ZION 118 Weleta Tsion in Amharic (Ethiopian) language means “Daughter of Zion.” The I-Threes, Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt and Marcia Griffiths, talk with Ozzie and me in a New York City hotel when they are on the Bob Marley & The Wailers tour.
10 FRIENDS ‘N’ T’INGS --TOSH’S BIRTHDAY 133 A few friends gather at Tosh’s hotel room for his 32nd birthday. He talks about his new EQUAL RIGHTS album, society, the future of reggae and why The Wailers broke up.
11 MYSIC MAN’S WICKED RIDDIMS 145 This captures an intense and powerful Tosh in concert. Peter moves and controls the stage with his African martial arts dance steps, always lighting a big ganga “spliff” during his performance.
12 THE BUSH DOCTOR FROM ‘YARD’ 150 In March of 1977, Ozzie Brown arranges a telephone interview with me and Tosh who is in Jamaica. We call from Columbia Records. Tosh tells how the Rastas in Jamaica want him to run for political office but he wants no part of “politricks.” He is called the Bush Doctor because he consistently advocates for the legalization of marijuana.
13 COOL RUNNINS -PETER BACK’A YARD 155 This relives a weeklong adventure up and down the roads of Jamaica with Tosh, capturing his persona and lifestyle.
14 JAMMIN’ 181 Since many Marley fans never experienced Bob in concert, Jammin’ captures him LIVE IN ACTION at the Beacon Theatre,The Apollo Theatre in Harlem and at Madison Square Garden.
THE ROOTS GALLERY 195
15 NO WOMAN NO CRY---STRANGE DAYS/ RUNNING AWAY 211 This talks about the last times I see Bob in concert at Madison Square Garden. The second night I am so far away from the stage, at the top of the Garden, that he seems to be fading away. I can not stand being this far away so I leave to go backstage, but I am stopped by my friend “Wai”(Wire) Lindo who is distraught and asks me to leave with him. Days later I hear that Bob has advanced cancer. This chapter is my involvement, along with Roberta Flack’s chiropractor, Dr. Linda Lee, in getting him to Dr. Joseph Issels’ clinic in Germany.
16 DON’T FEEL NO WAY-THE LAST MEETING WITH TOSH
219 I go to see Tosh in his apartment in 1983, to show him all the photographs I’ve taken of him during my travels with him in Jamaica and to do another interview. This is our first time kissing and making plans to see each other again.
17 LET YOUR WORKS BE SEEN - -- THE I-MEN AND
SOCIETY 236 Five people who knew Peter and Bob personally talk about them intimately as well as their impact on society on the CACE International Television Show in a tribute called, “Legends of Reggae-Bob Marley & Peter Tosh.”
18 ROCK N’ ROLL HALL OF FAME 250 At a party for Bob Marley on the eve of his induction into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March of 1994, I talk with his mother, Mrs. Cedella Booker, Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt and Neville Garrick.
19 MAMA ONE SON 258 Alvira Morris Coke talks about her only child, Winston Hubert McIntosh, aka Peter Tosh.
20 ONE LOVE -- MEMORIES OF PETER 265 My platonic love affair with Peter Tosh involves experiences that range from springing him out of jail, to the funny, to the ridiculous.
21 NATURAL MYSTIC– MEMORIES OF BOB 271 The introspective Marley is captured in little anecdotes, encounters, actions and reactions with the author from 1975 to 1979.
22 SO DEM SEH 277 This is a chapter of tributes, comments and anecdotes from friends, artists and associates of Tosh and Marley.
RASTAFARI IS 288 This is a brief history, ideology and perspective of Rastafarian culture. It speaks on Emperor Haile Selassie and the progenitors of Rasta in Jamaica.
MARCUS GARVEY’S WORDS COME TO PASS 302 This looks at Marcus Garvey’s influence on the African Diaspora and direct influence on Rastafari.