Like many reggae fans worldwide, I never had the chance to see the late Peter Tosh, one of the original members of the Wailers, performing live. Therefore, Andrew's appearance in concert at Openlucht Theatre in Antwerp was a great joy. Just because I missed the father doesn't mean I have to miss the son.
Andrew stepped on stage to one of his father's tunes, ''Coming in Hot'', and the crowd went crazy. Andrew resembles his father in looks — no great surprise there, but how did it happen that he has the same voice?
One couldn't tell the difference between the two when Andrew sang ''Equal Rights,'' ''Downpressor Man,'' ''Johnny B Good'', and more.
After thrilling the fans, Andrew gave me this short interview:
Joel: Andrew, every one knows that your father was one of the greatest reggae stars the world has ever produced. What actually inspired you into music?
Andrew: Definitely my father was my biggest influence in music. He thought me how to play the piano when I was very young. He was like a teacher who guided me through my childhood to have broader knowledge in music.
I listened to your Message from Jah album; the track ''Come Together'' is very touching. What inspired you to write that song?
My inspiration in music comes from Jah. I believe in peace and togetherness.
How do you relate to your fans?
I love people, so I do interact with my fans. Singing is one of the ways to meet them.
What is your long-range objective in music?
Currently I'm working on my album Focus and also working on another called Andrew Sings Peter Tosh. He Never Dies.
How has your father's experience as a reggae star influenced your life?
My father's experience is both good and bad. He had a very bad experience with the Babylon system, but as I said before, the good part of it is inspiring me into music.
I love to ask any reggae star I interview this question. Many musicians sing about Africa and the love to return to the continent. But they never go there. Why is it so?
I have been to a lot of places over there, including South Africa and Angola. I think some of these artists don't recognise the true culture of the continent, even though some may wish to go there, they don't know how to organise that.
Many love reggae music, yet the music is given less recognition amongst other music. Can you tell me the reason?
Well it's true because the message is sharp and strong.
Have you ever had a conflict with any musician and how was it resolved?
I have never had a problem with any musician. I love all people. [He laughed.]
My final question is — what is your greatest weakness as a great musician?
[Laughing... ] Women.