Bunny Wailer joins a new generation of Marley boys

Published: 2006-06-09
Bunny Wailer, the reggae singer who was part of the legendary Wailers with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, is now touring with Marley's sons Stephen and Ziggy.

Wailer, whose real name is Neville Livingston, will be performing with the two brothers for the first time as part of the Roots Rock Reggae Festival. This music event will be touring through the United States for most of August.

Wailer recorded and toured with Marley and Tosh as the Wailers from 1964 to 1974. According to Bob Marley's website, even though they remained very close friends, Wailer was not prepared to sacrifice everything to tour on a constant schedule and decided to leave the band in 1974.

Both Stephen and Ziggy established their own music careers, following in their father's footsteps and making reggae music. The two brothers, along with two of their other 10 siblings, Sharon and Cedella, formed a successful group called Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers in 1979.

According to the Washington Post, Wailer wanted to perform with Marley's sons because he felt it was his "responsibility and duty" to continue the legend their father had started.

Writer: Aysha Raad Gil



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