The Wailers Band

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The Wailers Band
Origin Kingston, Jamaica
Genres Reggae
Years active 1981–present
Labels Island Records, Atlantic Records, Tabu Records, RAS Records
Associated acts Bob Marley & The Wailers
The Original Wailers
Members Al Anderson
Tyrone Downie
Chet Samuels
Howard Smith
Rohan Reid
Past members Aston "Family Man" Barrett
Carlton Barrett
Alvin "Seeco" Patterson
Junior Marvin
Donald Kinsey
Tyrone Downie
Earl "Wire" Lindo
Joe Yamanaka
Elan Atias
Anthony Watson
Chico Chin
Everald Gayle
Brady Walters

The Wailers Band are a reggae band formed by the remaining members of Bob Marley & The Wailers, following the death of Bob Marley in 1981.

Previous Wailers' incarnations[edit]

The Wailers started as Bob Marley, Bunny Livingston and Peter Tosh. Following the demise of The Wailers, Bob Marley proceeded with his group Bob Marley & The Wailers, with the Wailers Band as the backing band, and the I Threes as backup vocalists. The Wailers Band consisted of among others bassist Aston "Family Man" Barrett and his brother, drummer Carlton (Carlie) Barrett, who had been members of Lee "Scratch" Perry's studio band, The Upsetters,[1] with whom The Wailers had recorded some of their most notable songs.

After the death of Bob Marley in 1981, the Wailers Band was led by Junior Marvin and Aston Barrett.

The band continues to play live in concert, and in 2006 they played on 311's Summer Unity tour along with Pepper. In 2010, they toured again with 311, mostly focusing on the Pacific Northwest of the USA. Their current lineup includes: Koolant Brown on lead vocals, Aston "Family Man" Barrett on bass, Keith Sterling on keys, Drummie Zeb on drums, Audley Chisholm on rhythm guitar and Cegee Victory on background vocals.

In 2008 former Wailers Junior Marvin and Al Anderson began touring in a band called The Original Wailers.


  • Aston "Family Man" Barrett
  • Keith Sterling
  • Drummie Zeb
  • Audley Chisholm
  • Cegee Victory
  • Koolant Brown
  • Wade Barret
  • Akwashyeboe Akwahd


Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

  • Legend Tour (Live) (1984)
  • My Friends (Live '95-'97) (1997)
  • Live at Maritime Hall (1999)
  • Live In Jamaica (2001)
  • Live (2003)

With Other Artists[edit]

Guest singles[edit]

Year Single Artist Peak chart positions Album
US Country US CAN
2008 "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven" Kenny Chesney 1 41 49 Lucky Old Sun

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2008 "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven" (with Kenny Chesney) Shaun Silva


  1. ^ Lee Scratch Perry Interview, New Musical Express, 17 November 1984

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