Since their formation in 1969, the Wailers, along with their late singer Bob Marley, have sold over 250 albums worldwide. Not only has the band had many chart-topping hits and sold tons of albums, but they were also the first reggae band to tour many new territories such as Africa and the Far East. The music this band produces has proven over many decades to be timeless.
Koolant Brown, one of the Wailers’ vocalists, says “It’s the love of reggae music that speaks roots, reality, and culture that keeps everyone loving it.”
The Wailers have performed in many different places with different atmospheres. They recently played at a playhouse, followed by a beach bar, a town party, and a rib cook off. It seems to be no problem transitioning between all of the vibes so quickly.
“We always go up with the most high “JAH” and let the good vibes flow. We are like empty vessels when we go on stage and the mighty “JAH” fills us with inspiration to perform to the people of the world,” Brown says.
The Wailers contribute almost all of their success to “Jah,” the lord figure of the Rastafari Movement. The band will certainly be looking for inspiration as they head to the United Kingdom for performances this summer.
“We are just looking forward to entertaining the people and letting them fully enjoy themselves,” Brown adds, “We are going to add more dates to schedule because we love performing in Europe.”
Not only do the Wailers entertain their audience, they also bring attention to many charities, such as the World Food Programme. Brown says, “There is a whole world to help and we want to be a part of the change. At events we ask for a small donation by selling armbands, shirts, and much more with the World Food Programme logo. We also talk about it in between performances and we sing the World Food Programme song, ‘A Step for Mankind’.”
With a busy schedule, it’s unfortunate the interview with Brown couldn’t be longer. But on behalf of the Wailers, he finishes with a message to all their fans.
“Fans- we send a message of peace, love, and unity and always live up right in Jah’s sight. We want to end all racism as it is still present in our society today. Let’s get together and feel alright!”
by Emily Meenan
Photos by William Richards