Bob Marley and The Wailers burst on the scene with the smash Reggae hit “One Love” in 1977. The album Exodus delivered a treasure trove of hits, including “Exodus,” “Jamming,” and “Waiting in Vain.” It went on to sell 75 million copies and became an international sensation, catapulting Bob Marley and his bandmates to celebrity. It was followed in 1978 by Kaya, and hits “Is This Love” and “Satisfy My Soul.”
The Wailers band had been in existence since the early ’60s, but began to gain greater popularity beginning in 1974, when it was led by front man Bob Marley. Exodus was named Best Album of the Century by Time Magazine, and their hit song “One Love” was named Song of the Millennium the same year by the BBC. The band and Marley develop a unique sound and it was a combination of the instrumentation and the Ska and Reggae traditions that added to their success. The “I Three,” The Wailers backup singers, were added during that time as well.
Bob Marley and the Wailers achieved great success, yet it was short-lived when Bob Marley met an untimely death in 1981 due to cancer at the young age of 36. After Marley’s death the band broke up, though the popularity of Reggae has only grown with continued play of 1977’s Exodus.
The Wailers Band went their separate ways, never to perform again with any significant amount of the core membership that made them so exceptional. Never, that is, until now, when The Wailers Reunited project has at last come into being. Marley’s legacy lives on as the band reunites to celebrate the music that continues to spread the message of peace, love and unity to this day.
Opening Artist: Adam Falcon
Stay after the show for a Q&A session with band member Julian Junior Marvin, moderated by WBGO on-air personality Sheila Anderson.
Recommended for adult audiences.