Updated March 3, 2021, 8:42 am
- Jamaican reggae musician Bunny Wailer is dead.
- Bob Marley’s stepbrother and bandmate died at the age of 73.
- Wailer is considered a reggae pioneer and icon.
Anyone talking about reggae today cannot ignore Bob Marley or his band Bob Marley and The Wailers. With the Jamaican Bunny Wailer the last surviving band member and a legend has passed away.
Wailer was 73 years old, the cause of death has not yet been clarified, as reported by “nationwideradiojm”. Jamaica’s Minister of Culture Olivia Grange informs about “jis.gov.jm”: “We mourn this outstanding singer, songwriter and drummer. And we celebrate his life and his many successes.”
Olivia Grange: “We remember Bunny Wailer with great pride”
I am grateful for the great role Bunny Wailer has played in developing reggae music around the world. “We remember with great pride how Bunny, Bob Marley and Peter Tosh brought reggae music to the four corners of the world,” says the politician, referring to Wailer’s former band Bob Marley and The Wailers.
Bunny Wailer’s real name was Neville O’Riley Livingston. He and Bob Marley knew each other from childhood and became stepbrothers when Marley’s mother and Livingston’s father had a daughter.
As a solo artist for three Grammys
The duo formed the group Bob Marley and The Wailers with Peter Tosh in the sixties. Since the Jamaican style of music reggae was new at the time, there was some resistance to be overcome. What did an excellent job: Reggae gained popularity around the world.
Bunny Wailer left the band in 1973 and pursued a solo career. This, too, was a resounding success: Wailer was awarded a Grammy three times.
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