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Tribute to Peter Tosh for anti-Apartheid activism

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Peter Tosh wrote numerous songs in support of South Africans during the height of the Apartheid era of oppression. Some of these songs include “Fight Apartheid” [lyrics below] and Equal Rights and Justice.

Peter Tosh was a militant speaker and was formidable on and off the stage.

He stated:

“My philosophy is: if you don’t bear a cross, you can’t wear a crown so you gotta go through some form of humiliation to reach tribulation”.

Peter Tosh

“Fight Apartheid” (lyrics)

You in a me land
Quite illegal
You’re in a me land
Dig out me gold
In a me land
Digging out me pearls
In a me land
Dig out me diamonds

We a go fight [3x] against apartheid
We got to fight [3x] against apartheid

You’re in a me land
And you build up your ‘partment
You’re in a me land
You build up you’re regimes
You’re in a me land
Only talk ’bout justice
You’re in a me land
Handing down injustice

[Chorus]

You’re in a me land (Precedes each line below)
You no build no school for black children
No hospital for black people
You build your prison
You build their camp

[Chorus]

Africa’s for black man
Remember
There certain place in Africa
Black man get no recognition

[Chorus]

You cross the border
You shoot off the children
Cross the border
Shoot down women
Cross the border
You take your might
Cross the border
To beat for right

[Chorus]

As for majority
Majority rule, yea
Who need minority
But that couldn’t rule, yea

[Chorus]

You break off
Break off from Britain
You’re quite illegal
Right where you are
You get your forces
From colonial powers
Taking my diamonds
Filling ballistic missiles