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Bushman Bushman Sings the Bush Doctor Review

Album. Released 2011.  

BBC Review

A tribute that even the famously stringent Tosh could admire.

Angus Taylor 2011

Bushman, born Dwight Duncan in Saint Thomas, Jamaica, has been considering paying homage to Peter Tosh since his fifth album, 2004’s Signs. Several years and a few postponements later, he has finally struck home with a respectful selection of the great man's works.

Of course, no one can quite capture the tension and defiant vitality of Tosh's singing, yet Duncan's sonorous voice is a very good fit. There’s a comparative lack of tartness in his rich vocals, but his more peaceable approach reminds us this is a Bushman album as well as a celebration of the Wailer himself.

Tosh's Lennon- or Dylan-like way with a cruel brush-off (Brand New Second Hand) and his love of the herb (Legalise It, Bush Doctor) are all well realised here. Glen Browne production Buck-In-Ham Palace (released on 2008’s Get It in Your Mind) showcases his revolutionary spirit, while Buju Banton sounds overjoyed to roar on Mama Africa – voiced long before his 2010 travails. There's also a nice reworking of one of his crossover efforts, the Mick Jagger duet Don't Look Back, with young lion Tarrus Riley taking Sir Mick’s place.

The rhythms, co-produced by Penthouse, mixed by Jukeboxx’s Shane Brown, and played by (amongst others) Sly Dunbar and original Bush Doctor keyboardist Robbie Lyn, are both modern enough in sound to feature on a one-drop mix and organic enough to meet the needs of most 70s obsessives. All in all, this is a tribute that even the famously stringent Tosh could admire.

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