Together with Bob Marley, The Wailers have sold over 250 million albums and have played to an estimated 24 million people across the globe performing an average of 200 dates a year. Today’s line-up combines old school know-how with lead vocals from some of Jamaica’s most exciting new singers. The Wailers are undoubtedly the world’s premier reggae and world music group who bring high energy shows to fans across the globe. The band has consistently toured for the past several decades to North and South America, Asia, the South Pacific, the Middle East, Europe and Africa.
The band performs varied sets from the extensive Wailers discography including those from Legend. Legend is #46 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. Legend is also the best-selling reggae album of all-time, with over 30 million copies sold worldwide and a 2014 re-release topped Billboard’s Top 5 – proving the timeless appeal of their music spans generations.
The band also performs selections from EXODUS named by Time Magazine as the “Album of the 20th Century”, it was released in 1977. In keeping with the band’s tradition of touring with album themes, the Wailers have been performing entire sets devoted to songs from the specific albums such as LEGEND, EXODUS, UPRISING and SURVIVAL.
Never ones to be pigeonholed in the past, The Wailers reaffirmed their continuing relevance and versatility in modern music with a guest spot on country superstar Kenny Chesney’s hit single, “Everyone Wants to Go to Heaven,” and also appeared in a video for the song which was shot in Jamaica. Nor have they forgotten their social consciousness, donating proceeds from fundraising efforts at their concerts to benefit the World Food Program (WFP) in conjunction with the United Nations, feeding thousands of starving children around the globe. In 2010 the band recorded "A Step for Mankind" the song and accompanying music video were released to benefitThe World Food Programme.
The set list for a Wailers performance is determined by what the band feels is timely and what the audience may need to hear from the extensive Bob Marley and the Wailers’ catalog. Being mindful of what is going on in the region and in the world the band puts together the best set of songs for each set. Its not just entertainment, the band is here to educate and inspire the people. Focusing on problems of poverty and separation the Wailers aim to provide a solutions and ultimately to promote peace and unity across all cultures. Fans sing along to the timeless words of Bob Marley and resonate with these timeless reggae rhythms and create the demand for the vigorous tour schedule, by the constant, broad-based interest in the message and the music.
Reggae music has never stopped evolving but for millions of people from around the world it’s still defined by the songs of Bob Marley and the Wailers. It’s been their heartbeat rhythms that have inspired so much of what’s followed since, as evidenced by the enduring popularity of the “one-drop” reggae sound.