Bunny Wailer

Origin : Jamaica
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Styles : Reggae
Other informations : Biography

Bunny Wailer : discography

Bunny Wailer - World Peace album cover Album : World Peace
Year : 2003
Bunny Wailer - Communication album cover Album : Communication
Year : 2000
Bunny Wailer - Hall of Fame: A Tribute to Bob Marley album cover Album : Hall of Fame: A Tribute to Bob Marley
Year : 1995
Bunny Wailer - Crucial! Roots Classics album cover Album : Crucial! Roots Classics
Year : 1994
Bunny Wailer - Dance Massive album cover Album : Dance Massive
Year : 1992
Bunny Wailer - Gumption album cover Album : Gumption
Year : 1991
Bunny Wailer - Just Be Nice album cover Album : Just Be Nice
Year : 1990
Bunny Wailer - Time Will Tell album cover Album : Time Will Tell
Year : 1990
Bunny Wailer - Liberation album cover Album : Liberation
Year : 1988
Bunny Wailer - Rootsman Skanking album cover Album : Rootsman Skanking
Year : 1987
Bunny Wailer - Rule Dance Hall album cover Album : Rule Dance Hall
Year : 1987
Bunny Wailer - Marketplace album cover Album : Marketplace
Year : 1985
Bunny Wailer - Live album cover Album : Live
Year : 1983
Bunny Wailer - Hook Line'n Sinker album cover Album : Hook Line'n Sinker
Year : 1982
Bunny Wailer - Dubd'sco, Vol.2 album cover Album : Dubd'sco, Vol.2
Year : 1981
Bunny Wailer - Sings the Wailers album cover Album : Sings the Wailers
Year : 1981
Bunny Wailer - Tribute album cover Album : Tribute
Year : 1981
Bunny Wailer - In I Father's House album cover Album : In I Father's House
Year : 1979
Bunny Wailer - Dubd'sco, Vol.1 album cover Album : Dubd'sco, Vol.1
Year : 1978
Bunny Wailer - Dubd'sco, Volume 1 & 2 album cover Album : Dubd'sco, Volume 1 & 2
Year : 1978
Bunny Wailer - Struggle album cover Album : Struggle
Year : 1978
Bunny Wailer - Protest album cover Album : Protest
Year : 1977
Bunny Wailer - Blackheart Man album cover Album : Blackheart Man
Year : 1976
Bunny Wailer - Retrospective album cover Album : Retrospective
Bunny Wailer - Rock and Groove album cover Album : Rock and Groove
Bunny Wailer - Roots Radics Rockers Reggae album cover Album : Roots Radics Rockers Reggae

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News about Bunny Wailer

Taking a deep draw on a pipe that glows with burning marijuana, reggae luminary Bunny Wailer gives a satisfied grin through a haze of aromatic smoke in his concrete yard painted in the red, green, gold and black colours identified with his Rastafarian faith. These days, the baritone singer from the legendary Wailers, the group he formed in 1963 with late superstars Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, has reason to feel good.

Source : topix.net | 2014-09-16 15:34:45.0

Taking a deep draw on a pipe that glows with burning marijuana, reggae luminary Bunny Wailer gives a satisfied grin through a haze of aromatic smoke in his concrete yard painted in the red, green, gold and black colours identified with his Rastafarian faith. These days, the baritone singer from the legendary Wailers, the group he formed in 1963 with late superstars Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, has reason to feel good.

Source : Topix.net | 2014-09-16 10:55:39.0

KINGSTON (AP) - Taking a deep draw on a pipe that glows with burning marijuana, reggae luminary Bunny Wailer gives a satisfied grin through a haze of aromatic smoke in his concrete yard painted in the red, green, gold and black colours identified with his Rastafarian faith.

These days, the baritone singer from the legendary Wailers, the group he formed in 1963 with late superstars Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, has reason to feel good. There is unprecedented traction building in Jamaica to decriminalise pot, meaning the dreadlocked Wailer and other adherents of Rastafari - a home-grown spiritual movement that considers the drug divine - may soon be able to smoke without fear of arrest.

"Rastas have treated marijuana as something legal all along, even though we have been sent to prison for using the herb in our prayer. But this is the time for all these pressures to stop. The world is catching up now," the 67-year-old three-time Grammy winner said at his modest Kingston home.

Jamaica is known internationally for its marijuana. The hardy plant grows easily on the tropical Caribbean island, where its use is culturally entrenched despite being legally banned for 100 years. Cultivation is kept hidden, with small patches tucked into mountainsides, in swamps and between rows of other crops. Wailer, himself, was convicted of possession in 1967 and did more than a year of hard labour.

Previous moves to decriminalise the drug failed to advance mainly because officials feared they would violate international treaties and bring sanctions from Washington. But now, with a number of US states relaxing their marijuana laws - Colorado and Washington even allow recreational use - Jamaica is rethinking its position.

Justice Minister Mark Golding says Jamaica's Cabinet has approved a plan to decriminalise marijuana, including for religious purposes, and legislators are expected to authorize it before the end of the year.

Freedom to use marijuana for religious worship is one of various amendments to Jamaica's Dangerous Drugs Act supported by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller's administration. Her ministers also have proposed unclogging courts by decriminalising small amounts of weed for personal use, making possession of 2 ounces or less a ticketable offense. The main hope is that a regulated medical marijuana and scientific research sector could help draw investments to the cash-strapped island, which is labouring under its latest loan programme with the International Monetary Fund.

"Ganja," as marijuana is known locally, has a long history on the island. It was introduced to Jamaica in the 19th century by Indian indentured servants and it gained popularity as a medicinal herb. Use spread among the poor in the 1930s with the founding of Rastafari, a spiritual movement that melds Old Testament teachings and Pan-Africanism and whose followers worship the late Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie.

Rasta adherents say use of the "holy herb" induces a meditative state that brings them closer to the divine. The faithful smoke it as a sacrament in chalice pipes or cigarettes called "spliffs," add it to vegetarian stews, and place it in fires as a burnt offering.

For years, Rastafarians were treated as second-class citizens and looked down upon by many Jamaicans as oddball, even dangerous drug-addled cultists. Police shooting ranges once had images of dreadlocked Rastas as targets. The spiritual movement attracts only a small percentage of the country's mostly Christian population of 2.7 million.

It wasn't until the 1970s, when the Wailers and other Rasta musicians popularized the Rastafarian culture among better-off Jamaicans, that marijuana's popularity began to filter through the island's rigid class structure and gain a wider acceptance. Marley's worldwide popularity has made him Jamaica's most famous and revered son.

While Rastafari followers tend to disdain government initiatives, for many, Jamaica's decriminalisation plans signal a crucial victory after decades of struggle.

The momentum building "presents a major step forward for the recognition of the religious rights and expression of Rastafari," said Anta Anthony Merritt, a Rastafarian priest who is a faculty member at San Diego State University.

Even if the current proposals fall short of the full legalization Rastas long have sought, they are welcomed by many, said Priest Dermot Fagan, leader of a small sect in an isolated commune in the Blue Mountains that tower over Kingston.

"We are thankful for the coming changes and, yes, some of the pressures will be eased. But we can't forget the destruction, the mayhem that has been caused by the persecution of this divine herb," said Fagan, waving his hands for emphasis on a balcony overlooking the School of Vision retreat, a place where Rasta mysticism brushes against the realities of modern life.

Researchers who study the movement are curious about how decriminalisation for Rastafari will play out. For now, there are a lot of unanswered questions. Ennis Edmonds, an associate professor of religious studies at Ohio's Kenyon College whose publications focus on Rastafari, said determining what is religious use in Jamaica will not be easy. There's essentially no formal church, organized conversion process and few places of communal gathering. An individual Rasta's personal relationship with "Jah," or God, is considered central to the faith.

"Most ritual smoking does not take place in official places of worship, but in people's yards and on street corners. Can a single Rasta smoking a spliff in any location claim religious use privileges?" Edmonds asked.

But for Wailer, the time is clearly ripe for change in "Babylon," the unflattering Rasta term for the Western world.

"Rastas have gone through a lot of hassles for years, getting criminalized and locked up for using the herb. But things are changing because ganja is what the world needs now," Wailer said, before taking another appreciative toke from his pipe.

 

Source : nationnews.com | 2014-09-13 18:03:21.0

Taking a deep draw on a pipe that glows with burning marijuana, reggae luminary Bunny Wailer gives a satisfied grin through a haze of aromatic smoke in his concrete yard painted in the red, green, gold and black colors identified with his Rastafarian faith. These days, the baritone singer from the legendary Wailers, the group he formed in 1963 with late superstars Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, has reason to feel good.

Source : topix.net | 2014-09-13 17:11:27.0

In this Aug. 28, 2014 photo, legalization advocate and reggae legend Bunny Wailer smokes a pipe stuffed with marijuana during a "reasoning" session in a yard in Kingston, Jamaica, decorated with Rastafarian colors and images of former Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie. Wailer, a founder of the iconic Wailers reggae group with late superstars Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, and fellow Rastafarians have long called for legalization of the drug that they smoke as part of their spiritual worship.

Source : topix.net | 2014-09-13 17:11:26.0

In this Aug. 28, 2014 photo, legalization advocate and reggae legend Bunny Wailer smokes a pipe stuffed with marijuana during a "reasoning" session in a yard in Kingston, Jamaica, decorated with Rastafarian colors and images of former Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie. Wailer, a founder of the iconic Wailers reggae group with late superstars Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, and fellow Rastafarians have long called for legalization of the drug that they smoke as part of their spiritual worship.

Source : topix.net | 2014-09-13 17:11:25.0

Taking a deep draw on a pipe that glows with burning marijuana, reggae luminary Bunny Wailer gives a satisfied grin through a haze of aromatic smoke in his concrete yard painted in the red, green, gold and black colors identified with his Rastafarian faith. These days, the baritone singer from the legendary Wailers, the group he formed in 1963 with late superstars Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, has reason to feel good.

Source : Topix.net | 2014-09-13 17:04:06.0

In this Aug. 28, 2014 photo, legalization advocate and reggae legend Bunny Wailer smokes a pipe stuffed with marijuana during a "reasoning" session in a yard in Kingston, Jamaica, decorated with Rastafarian colors and images of former Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie. Wailer, a founder of the iconic Wailers reggae group with late superstars Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, and fellow Rastafarians have long called for legalization of the drug that they smoke as part of their spiritual worship.

Source : Topix.net | 2014-09-13 17:04:05.0

In this Aug. 28, 2014 photo, legalization advocate and reggae legend Bunny Wailer smokes a pipe stuffed with marijuana during a "reasoning" session in a yard in Kingston, Jamaica, decorated with Rastafarian colors and images of former Ethiopian... View Full Caption In this Aug. 28, 2014 photo, legalization advocate and reggae legend Bunny Wailer smokes a pipe stuffed with marijuana during a "reasoning" session in a yard in Kingston, Jamaica, decorated with Rastafarian colors and images of former Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie.

Source : Topix.net | 2014-09-13 17:04:04.0

ROOTS legend Bunny Wailer broke new ground on his recent European tour which he used to salute the evolution of reggae music.

Source : topix.net | 2014-08-24 13:50:01.0

ROOTS legend Bunny Wailer broke new ground on his recent European tour which he used to salute the evolution of reggae music.

Source : topix.net | 2014-08-24 11:20:18.0

Duane Stephenson previews his new album Dangerously Roots with a cover of Bunny Wailer 's anthemic number "Cool Runnings."

Source : topix.net | 2014-08-04 23:18:24.0

There are certain things which get Bunny Wailer very angry, but we'll come to them in a bit.

Source : topix.net | 2014-07-21 09:11:44.0
Jamaica's government announced plans on Thursday to relax its marijuana laws, in part by lowering the penalties against the possession of small amounts of pot.

Justice Minister Mark Golding stressed in a statement that the proposed changes are “not intended to promote or give a stamp of approval to the use of ganja for recreational purposes."

Like many officials who have presided over the decriminalization of pot in the United States, he presented the proposal as a way to ease the burdens that pot prohibition places on an overstretched criminal justice system.

"The objective is to provide a more enlightened approach," he said.

If lawmakers approve an amendment to the law, as expected, possession of less than 2 ounces of pot will become a “non-arrestable, ticketable infraction” that will not produce a criminal record. Under the current law, about 300 young men receive criminal records each week for possessing small amounts of marijuana, according to the Associated Press . The change will also allow Jamaicans to use ganja for medicinal, scientific and religious reasons.

Golding specifically noted that special measures will be taken to allow the smoking of ganja by Rastafarians in places designated for religious worship. Rastafarians have long advocated for the legalization of ganja. In 1976, the Rastafari reggae star Peter Tosh recorded a song called "Legalize It" that soon became the definitive anthem of the pro-marijuana movement. At the time, his call for reform was so radical that the Jamaican government banned the song from the airwaves.

In April, Bunny Wailer, a leader in the Rastafari movement and a legendary musician who sang alongside Tosh and Bob Marley, said by phone from his home in Kingston that he was excited about the possibility of decriminalization.

“Marijuana is one of those beautiful things where, if you don’t have it in your life, it’s not going to hurt, but I think everyone should have it in their life one way or another,” he said in his distinctive baritone. “I’m looking forward to the progressive future in this.”

Jamaica is one of about a dozen nations in the Caribbean and Latin America considering a range of legalization and decriminalization measures, thanks in large part to the widespread perception that the U.S. government under President Barack Obama has become less interested in fighting the war against pot.

Richard “Dickey” Crawford, a well-known Jamaican talk show host and a prominent supporter of marijuana reform, said the Obama administration’s decision last year not to interfere in the legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado has influenced the outlook of many Jamaican officials.

“Right now, the ancient hardboiled position of the United States of America is weakening, and that really basically has given some strength to the reluctant ones to come aboard,” he said.
Source : huffingtonpost.com | 2014-06-13 20:42:29.0

Singers Bunny Wailer and Andrew Tosh, music industry veteran Maxine Stowe and former Miss World Cindy Breakspeare were joined by former Jamaica football coach Rene Simoes, and Brazilian music promoter Chritiano Andrade, on a float saluting "Being my first time in Brazil, to see and feel the love of reggae and the Wailers there, in their National ... (more)

Source : topix.net | 2014-03-09 07:58:41.0

Today we pay tribute to Marley on the anniversary of his 69th birthday with the excerpts from an article by Barbara Campbell featured in the 2010-2011 edition of the UK magazine Black Heritage Today.

 There are some events in life that people will always know where they were when the shocking or heartbreaking news broke. From Martin Luther King’s assassination and Princess Diana’s car crash, to the Twin Towers in New York and the king of Rock and Roll, Elvis’, passing, such was the momentous moment when it was announced that Bob Marley had died.

Next year will be the 30th anniversary of the reggae icon’s demise, yet his music lives on to the point where even the youngest generations know his records. This is probably helped by the fact that no party is complete without Could You Be Loved, Redemption Song, One Love or Three Little Birds, plus many of Marley’s recordings are often used in many popular television adverts.

The rhythm guitarist and lead singer of ska, rocksteady and reggae band The Wailers, Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley (6 February 1945 to II May 1981) remains the most widely known and revered performer of reggae music, and is credited with helping to take reggae music out of the socially deprived areas of Jamaica, onto the international music scene and, ultimately, a worldwide audience.

Born in the village of Nine Mile in Saint Ann Parish, Bob’s father, Norval Sinclair Marley, was a white Jamaican of English descent whose family came from Essex, England. The captain in the Royal Marines as well as a plantation overseer, he married Cedetta Booker when she was just 18-years-old.

Whilst Norval provided financial support for his wife and child, he seldom saw them as he was often away on trips. In 1955, when Bob was ten-years-old, Norval died of a heart attack aged 60.

Marley left school at the age of 14 to make music with Joe Higgs, a local singer and devout Rastafarian. At a jam session with Higgs, he became friends with Peter McIntosh (later known as Peter Tosh) who had similar musical ambitions to him and another friend, Neville “Bunny” Livingston (later known as Bunny Wailer).

After forming a group called The Teenagers in 1963, they changed their names to The Wailers and when they were discovered by record producer Coxsone Dodd.

After they broke up in 1974, reportedly after a disagreement with Dodd and because each of the musicians wished to pursue a solo career, Marley became known as Bob Marley and the Wailers, but singing with a trio of female backing singers called The “I” Threes – Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths and Rita Anderson. Rita became his wife in 1966.

A central theme in Marley message was the repatriation of black people to Zion (Africa). In songs such as Babylon System and Blackman Redemption, he sings about the struggles of blacks and Africans against oppression from Babylon (the West).

Marley had his international breakthrough in 1975 with his first hit outside Jamaica, No Woman, No Cry, which was a great hit with UK audiences. This was followed by his breakthrough album in the United States, Rastaman Vibration (1976), which spent four weeks on the Billboard Hot 100.

No-one who had ever experienced a Bob Marley concert could say they had sat still throughout. His energetic performance had people jumping up, singing along and dancing in the aisle.

He brought a different element to the term “singer”. Whilst on stage, he spoke about things that mattered to him and engaged with the audience, dropping philosophical lyrics such as one song delivered message, “While you talk about me, someone else is judging you. God never made no difference between black, white, blue, pink or green.”

Marley’s philosophy was that everyone has the right of freedom and that “you should fight against the system” to achieve freedom.

He was a freedom fighter who fought against oppression in hopes of gaining freedom for himself and his followers, and was regarded as a symbol of freedom throughout the world, especially Third World and underdeveloped countries.

However, closer to home, a storm of dissention was brewing in his Jamaican community as politics of the country reared its head. Two different fractions were determined to win power and things were getting ugly.

In December 1976, two days before “Smile Jamaica” a free concert organised by the Jamaican Prime Minister, Michael Manley, in an attempt to ease tension between the two warring political groups – Marley, Rita and manager, Don Taylor, were wounded in an assault by unknown gunmen who invaded Marley’s home.

The shooting was thought to have been politically motivated, as many felt the concert was really a support rally for Manley. Nonetheless, the concert proceeded and an injured Marley performed as scheduled to a crowd of 80 000, just two days after the shooting with members of a group called Zap Pow, which had no radical religious or political beliefs.

Marley took a month-long sojourn to the Bahamas to recover from the assault and to write more lyrics. He then moved on to England where he spent two years in self-imposed exile. It was in the UK that he recorded what was one of his most famous and vibrant hits, Exodus, which stayed on the British album charts for fifty-six consecutive weeks. The singer’s album included four UK hit singles - Exodus, Waiting in Vain, Jamming and One Love.

Returning to Jamaica in 1978 and recognising that the political keg was still close to igniting, Marley agreed to perform at another political concert, the One Love Peace Concert.

In an effort to calm warring parties, Marley’s requested both Michael Manley (leader of the then-ruling People’s National Party) and his political rival Edward Seaga (leader of the opposing Jamaica Labour Party) to join him on stage and shake hands.

The moment he lifted both their arms against the roar of the crowd and the thump of the bass and drums was recorded in history, by every medium going, even by painters captured the historical moment in watercolour.

However, Marley was hiding a secret. In July 1977, he was found to have acral lentiginous melanoma – a form of malignant melanoma. Despite his illness, he continued touring and visited America, where he performed two shows at Madison Square Garden as part of the Uprising Tour.

Shortly afterwards, his health deteriorated as the cancer spread throughout his body.

The rest of the tour was cancelled and Marley sought treatment at a Bavarian clinic, where he received a controversial type of cancer therapy partly based on avoidance of certain foods, drinks, and other substances. After fighting the cancer without success for eight months, he boarded a plane for home, Jamaica, where he'd recently been awarded the Jamaican Order of Merit.

As he flew home, Marley’s vital functions worsened and the entourage landed in Miami for immediate medical attention in hospital. The cancer had spread to his lungs and brain.

Bob Marley died at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Miami (now University of Miami Hospital) on the morning of 11 May 1981 at the age of 36.

His final words to his son, Ziggy, were, “Money can’t buy life”.

 

Source : nationnews.com | 2014-02-06 13:17:08.0

IT has been 50 years since Bunny Wailer recorded his first song. In a storied career, he has had hit songs in every genre of Jamaican popular music.

Source : topix.net | 2014-01-02 10:05:31.0

REGGAE star Bunny Wailer and the Rastafari Millennium Council are promoters of the fifth annual Trumpet Rally, which takes place tomorrow at Trench Town Culture Park.

Source : topix.net | 2013-11-30 11:26:05.0