Bunny Wailer marks milestone

Observer senior writer

Friday, April 12, 2019

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Reggae legend Bunny Wailer celebrated his 72nd birthday on April 10 at his Kingston home, with family and close friends.

His manager, Maxine Stowe, told Jamaica Observer's Splash that the sole survivor of three most famous Wailers, is in good spirits. She added that he is looking forward to Rootsman Skankin', a dance and concert scheduled for tomorrow at Rebel T in Kingston.

Wailer suffered a stroke last October, that has limited movement on his right side. Stowe said he is responding positively to regular therapy sessions.

The multiple Grammy winner was born Neville Livingston and grew up in Trench Town where his father Thaddeus Livingston was a respected figure. His childhood friends included Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, with whom he would form The Wailers in the early 1960s.

They recorded a number of ska and rocksteady songs before rising to international prominence in the early 1970s with the Catch A Fire and Burnin' albums for Island Records. Wailer and Tosh left the group in late 1973.

His albums include Blackheart Man, released in 1976, and Rock 'n' Groove which came out five years later.

In 2017, the Jamaican government awarded Wailer its Order of Merit, the country's fourth highest honour. The government again recognised his contribution to Jamaican music in February with a Reggae Gold Award.

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