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THE WAILERS


BIO: Together with Bob Marley, the Wailers have sold in excess of 250 million albums worldwide. In England alone, they've notched up over twenty chart hits, including seven Top 10 entries. Outside of their groundbreaking work with Marley, the Wailers have also played or performed with international acts like Sting, the Fugees, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, and Alpha Blondy, as well as reggae legends such as Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, and Burning Spear. As the greatest living exponents of Jamaica's reggae tradition, the Wailers have completed innumerable other tours, playing to an estimated 24 million people across the globe. They have also been the first reggae band to tour new territories on many occasions, including Africa and the Far East. Their nucleus formed in 1969, when Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, and Peter Tosh recruited the Barrett brothers - bassist Aston "Family Man" and drummer Carly - from Lee Perry's Upsetters to play on hits such as Lively Up Yourself, Trenchtown Rock, Duppy Conqueror, and many more besides. Inspired by Rastafari and their ambitions of reaching an international audience, this is the line-up that pioneered roots rock reggae, and signed to Island Records in 1971. Bunny and Peter left two years later. It was at this point that the in-demand Barrett brothers - whose rhythms also underpinned innumerable seventies' reggae hits by other acts - assumed the title of Wailers, and backed Marley on the group's international breakthrough album, Natty Dread. Under Family Man's musical leadership, they then partnered Bob Marley on the succession of hit singles and albums that made him a global icon, winner of several Lifetime Achievement awards, and Jamaica's best-loved musical superstar. Drummer Carlton "Carlie" Barrett died in 1987, leaving his brother as the main beneficiary of the Wailers' mantle. Subsequent line-ups have revolved around Family Man, who is widely regarded as one of the world's greatest bass players. Modest and unassuming, he was present on all of those unforgettable performances by Bob Marley & The Wailers from the seventies. Family Man continues to be the main axis of the current Wailers - a group that's one of the last, great reggae institutions, yet which refuses to live off past glories. That's because Family Man represents tried and trusted roots authenticity and, along with the Wailers, injects fresh excitement into a show that continues to attract enthusiastic audiences from around the world. Be on the lookout for a new Wailers' album featuring some of the biggest names in popular music. Prepare to be amazed!

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by BWW News Desk - August 24, 2020

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by BWW News Desk - July 02, 2020

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by TV News Desk - January 29, 2020

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by TV News Desk - November 12, 2019

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by TV News Desk - August 02, 2019

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by TV News Desk - July 01, 2019

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by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2019

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by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2019

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by BWW News Desk - March 27, 2019

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by TV News Desk - January 21, 2019

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by TV News Desk - December 05, 2018

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by BWW News Desk - October 29, 2018

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by BWW News Desk - August 27, 2018

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by BWW News Desk - July 09, 2018

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by BWW News Desk - June 27, 2018

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by TV News Desk - June 27, 2018

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by TV News Desk - May 31, 2018

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by TV News Desk - May 17, 2018

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by TV News Desk - May 01, 2018

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