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Focus on… The Wailers

Publish 12 June 2018

Despite the cancellation of Kalash’s concert in the NO LOGO festival program, we will have the honour of welcoming the legendary band The Wailers on Saturday, August 11 for a live performance that promises to be exceptional.

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The mythical group Wailers will be there to bring its revolutionary sound to reggae roots fans. Directed by the famous bassist and founder Aston “Familyman” Barrett, and in solidarity with Wailers’ original guitarists, Junior Marvin and Donald Kinsey, The Wailers continue to make music history.

From 1973 to 1980, Bob Marley & The Wailers recorded, toured and performed in front of millions of people around the world. Since 1981, Familyman and Junior have had the mission of “keeping the Wailers together”, as Bob asked, saying, “By doing this, you keep me alive through music.”

In honour of the late co-founder and drummer Carlton “Carly” Barrett, The Wailers presents Aston Barrett, Jr. on drums. Singer Joshua David Barrett is a Rastaman because of his lifestyle and culture. Josh conveys Bob’s powerful message of love and unity of Jah through his performance and interaction with the audience.

Also on stage will be singers Shema McGregor, daughter of I Three Judy Mowatt, and Hassanah; veterans Owen “Dreadie” Reid on guitar/bass and Noel Davey on keyboards. The conductor is engineer Dennis Thompson, the man in charge of the sound of the Wailers in stadiums, clubs and studios throughout the 1970s.

There are more than 250 million Bob Marley & The Wailers recordings sold, including Exodus 1977, voted Best Album of the Century in 1999 by Time Magazine, and “One Love”, named Song of the Millennium that same year by the BBC. Spin Magazine ranked Bob Marley & The Wailers 4th among the “50 Greatest Bands of All Time”, while the New York Times named Bob Marley the most important musician of the 20th century. These accolades were made possible by the creative, timeless and distinctive music, lyrics and production of these incomparable musicians of the Wailers.