Keeping the Music Alive - the legendary Wailers continue to bring their revolutionary sound to fans around the world. Steered by famed bassist and founder Aston “Familyman” Barrett, and joined in solidarity with original Wailers’ guitarists Julian Junior Marvin and Donald Kinsey prove, in every possible way, Bob Marley’s vision is still alive. The Wailers continue to deliver Bob’s powerful message of Jah love and unity.
The songs of Bob Marley introduced many to reggae and remain the gold standard for the genre. From 1973 to 1980, Bob Marley & the Wailers recorded, toured and performed before millions of fans worldwide. Since 1981, Familyman and Junior Marvin have carried on the mission to “keep The Wailers together,” just as Bob requested, affirming: “By doing that, you keep me alive through the music.”
Today, The Wailers includes the later co-founder and drummer Carlton “Carly” Barrett’s nephew, Aston Barrett Jr. on drums; lead singer Joshua David Barrett, a Rastaman by lifestyle and culture, who keeps Bob’s message of unity and love alive; singers Shema McGregor, daughter of iconic I-Three Judy Mowatt; Hassanah, a multicultural vocal powerhouse; Owen “Dreadie” Reid on guitar/bass; and Noel Davey on keyboards. The engineer is Dennis Thompson, who was responsible for the Wailers sound in the 1970s.
There are more than 100 million Bob Marley & the Wailers recordings sold worldwide, including 1977’s Exodus, anointed Best Album of the Century in 1999 by Time magazine, and “One Love,” named Song of the Millennium that same year by BBC. Spin magazine listed Bob Marley & the Wailers at #4 of the “50 Greatest Bands of All Times,” while The New York Times named Bob Marley the most significant musician of the 20th century. These accolades were made possible by the creative, timeless, and distinctive music, lyrics and production of these incomparable Wailers musicians.