The Wailers. Supplied by Bluesfest Touring publicity.
The Wailers. Supplied by Bluesfest Touring publicity.

Reggae’s re-evolution is here and coming to Bluesfest

THE Wailers are considered the most important band in reggae history and are Jamaican royalty.

Bob Marley and The Wailers were a Jamaican reggae band and, earlier, a ska vocalist group created by Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer.

Early formation

The group was formed when self-taught musician Hubert Winston McIntosh (Peter Tosh) met the singers Neville Livingston (Bunny Wailer), and Robert Nesta Marley (Bob Marley) in 1963.

In the early 1970s, Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer had learnt to play some instruments, and brothers Carlton Barrett and Aston "Family Man" Barrett on drums and bass had joined the reggae band.

Reggae to the world

Bob Marley brought the reggae rhythms of his Jamaican homeland to the world with timeless anthems including One Love, Jammin', Get Up, Stand Up, and No Woman, No Cry.

The Wailers band was then formed by the remaining members of Bob Marley and The Wailers, following Marley's death in 1981, at the age of 36.

The Wailers continue to tour, led by 68-year-old bassist Family Man Barrett, so named because he allegedly fathered 52 children.

Aston "Family Man" Barrett is the current leader of the band, with Dwayne "Danglin" Anglin, 35, as main vocalist.

Technology changes reggae

Speaking from Shilon during The Wailers' first ever tour of India, the singer said reggae had changed over time following the latest changes in technology.

"It's made it easier and faster to produce music," he said. "I shouldn't necessarily say it's better, it's easier for sure, and that has affected the quantity but not necessarily the quality.

"We've seen different cultures in parts of the world that have embraced reggae music and have added their own cultural and social influences to the music, and blended reggae to their local music.

"We see an evolution in the music.

"The foundation of the Jamaican sound is still there, but we see global changes in regards to the instrumentation. But reggae music is Rasta music, and Rasta is relevant and its message always has to be part of reggae."

Australian visit

Speaking about The Wailers is always connected to Bob Marley, his music and legacy.

Dwayne Anglin said he was looking forward to coming back to Australia.

"I was first in Australia when I was in the military and I have been to Australia also with The Wailers," he said.

"We are very excited to be spreading the Rastafarian message of peace and love in Australia. It's one of my personal favourites, so we are really looking to it. "I am really looking forward to experiencing of Rastafari in the local scene."


Bluesfest 2016 will be held on March 24-28. , at Tyagarah.