The Original Wailers

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The Original Wailers
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Pictured left to right: Paapa Nyarkoh, Al Anderson, Desi Hyson, Steve Samuels
Background information
Origin Kingston, Jamaica
Genres Reggae
Years active 1985 – present
Labels Island Records, Atlantic Records, Tabu Records, RAS Records, MRG Recordings
Associated acts Bob Marley & the Wailers
Website The Original Wailers
Members Al Anderson
Steve Samuels
Paapa Nyarkoh
Erica Newell
Desi Hyson
Marty Batista
Past members Junior Marvin
Christian Cowlin

The Original Wailers is a reggae group led by Al Anderson, best known for his extensive work with iconic singer Bob Marley.


In 1974 when Bob Marley went solo, on the brink of international stardom, he surprised the music community by choosing as his lead guitarist the soft spoken, American-born Al Anderson. It was Anderson’s stunning lead work on such classics as No Woman, No Cry, Dem Belly Full and Curfew (Three O’ Clock Road Block) that first alerted rock fans to the Wailers’ music. Over a billion dollars worth of Marley’s music featuring Al Anderson’s evocative guitar work has been sold worldwide. Al has also played with the legendary Peter Tosh, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones, Steel Pulse, Aswad, Inner Circle, Traffic and Ben Harper.

Junior Marvin joined Marley as singer/guitarist during the sessions for Exodus and Kaya albums, shortly before the band’s legendary appearance at London’s Rainbow Theatre in ’77. Junior has also to his credit worked with Ike & Tina Turner, Steve Winwood, Linda Lewis, T-Bone Walker, Billy Preston, Chris Wood in both the US and UK. In 2011, Junior Marvin departed the group.[1]

Al Anderson is the sole member of the Wailers mid-1970s line-up in The Original Wailers.[2] The reformed configuration includes Desi Hyson (Vocals/Keyboards), Steve Samuels (Bass Guitar), Paapa Nyarkoh (Drums) and Marty Batista (Keyboards and Organ) that carry forward the true spirit and realities of the original music and the message of “One Love”.


Al Anderson’s main ambition is to promote The Original Wailers' new EP Miracle. Their live performances will include songs from this EP as well as classics of the past including songs from Legend. Four songs from the album are penned by singer & keyboardist, Desi Hyson.[3] Backup-singer Erica Newell, formerly of the Melody Makers sings on the cover of "Our Day Will Come".[4]

Miracle is reminiscent to the words, sound and power of the original three: Peter Tosh, Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer.[5] The album was done live in real time, with no drum machines, to keep the spirit of the music original and alive. As Al has stated, "When we got together in 1974 at the National Arena in Jamaica, it made an impact on my life musically to date and being part of those three original Wailers left me the standard of their musical genius."


  • Miracle EP (2012), MRG
The Original Wailers : Miracle
No. Title Composer Length
1. "Blackbird"   Desmond Hyson 3:32
2. "Justice"   Desmond Hyson 3:43
3. "Love Supposed To Do"   Desmond Hyson 4:18
4. "Dangerous"   Desmond Hyson 4:04
5. "Our Day Will Come"   Mort Garson, Bob Hilliard 2:54

"The Wailers"

  • Al Anderson - Lead Guitar, Vocals
  • Steve Samuels - Bass
  • Paapa Nyarkoh - Drums
  • Desi Hyson - Lead Vocals, Keyboards
  • Marty Batista - Keyboards, Organ
  • Erica Newell - Backup Vocals


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