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The Wailers are heralded as one of the last great reggae institutions, history in the flesh, continuing to tour and breathe new life into their universally loved catalogue of reggae’s greatest hits.

Truly legendary Jamaican reggae greats, The Wailers trace a lineage of sound that spans five decades of rhythm and soul, which have had a profound influence on popular music. Bob Marley was undoubtedly reggae music’s biggest and brightest star, reaching a global audience before his premature death from cancer on May 11, 1981. Marley created socially conscious anthems which still resonate with the working- class struggle to this day, inspiring regular people all over the globe to “Get Up, Stand Up” for their rights. The Wailers keep Bob Marley’s “One Love” philosophy and message of social responsibility alive.

The Wailers first came together in 1963 as a ska trio consisting of Robert Nesta Marley, Neville

“Bunny Wailer” Livingston and Hubert Winston McIntosh aka Peter Tosh. The trio gained ground and a number of members as their sound evolved through the rock steady years of early reggae. In 1974, however, the original band broke up and Marley created a new touring line-up called “Bob Marley and The Wailers” which consisted in part of backing vocalists “The I Threes” plus the drum and bass combo of Carlton “Carly” Barrett and Aston “Family Man” Barrett, who began as members of Lee Scratch Perry’s band The Upsetters. It was with the mid ‘70s Wailers band that Marley recorded his biggest hits and toured the world.

Fast-forward to today and the current incarnation of The Wailers keeps that solid foundation of Barrett on bass guitar and builds from there with new blood. Family Man’s son, Aston Barrett Jr. complements the bass with his drums, forming the backbone of the sound.

Dwayne “Danglin” Anglin rides on top of the rhythm as lead vocalist, backed by the beautiful Cegee Victory. The sound is rounded out and filled in with guitars, percussion and keyboards that sound as authentic as they did in the ‘70s; lush waves of rhythmic sound, weaving in sync to a rolling virtuoso bass line topped with timeless songs for sufferers everywhere.

Dwayne fittingly captures Marley’s spirit in song when he sings “One good thing about the music; when it hits, you feel no pain.”

The Wailers play all their hits and it might be surprising to some just how many recognizable songs Marley wrote. It’s incredible how many people seem to know most of the words to songs such as “Stir It Up,” “Could You Be Loved,” “Three Little Birds,” “Is This Love,” “Get Up Stand Up” and “One Love.”

The Wailers continue a worldwide campaign of promoting peace, love and equality through the message of reggae and Rastafari and when they hit the stage, it’s a roots-rock-reggae trip through the ages each and every time. Jah!

- Marinko Jareb

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