Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer to receive Blue Plaque honour

The plaque will be unveiled outside the London studio where The Wailers recorded their acclaimed albums

TRIBUTE: The Wailers during a 1973 BBC television performance

A Blue Heritage Plaque honouring the musical achievements of  Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh is set to be unveiled outside the London studios where they recorded.

The plaque will be unveiled outside the former studios of Island Records at Basing Street in London on October 4 .

And  the event, organised by Dr Jak Buela, CEO of the Nubian Jak Community Trust, is expected to be attended by high profile guests from across the world.

The group was formed in 1963 when Neville Livingston aka Bunny Wailer invited his stepbrother Bob Marley and close friend Peter Tosh to form the Wailing Wailers.

DEBUT

A decade later, the trio now known as The Wailers embarked on a tour of Britain to promote their debut album for Island Records, Catch a Fire.

That record was soon followed up by the album Burnin’.

Both albums were mixed and finished inside the Island Records studios at Basing Street.

These would be the last albums the trio recorded under the original line up.

Four years later, with a change of personnel and a new name, Bob Marley and The Wailers, the acclaimed album Exodus was also recorded at the Basing Street studios.

SUPERSTAR: Bob Marley

Exodus was eventually voted by Time magazine as the Best Album of the 20th Century.

George Seth Ramocan, Jamaica High Commissioner to the UK said: “I am very pleased that three iconic Jamaican musicians, the Honourable Robert Nesta Marley, OM, the Honourable Peter Tosh, OM, and the Honourable Neville O’Riley  ‘Bunny Wailer’ Livingston, OM, founding members of the internationally renowned Wailers are being honoured with a Blue Heritage plaque in London.

IMPACT

“Without a doubt, the global awareness and impact of reggae music is largely due to the musical creativity and the missionary message of liberation and upliftment promoted by Bob Marley and The Wailers.

“It is therefore a fitting tribute to these pioneers who helped to promote Jamaica’s culture, heritage and language to the world.”

Kwaku, of BritishBlackMusic.com and the Black Music Congress said: “Although the genius of reggae started in Jamaica, I’m glad that we are recognising the London site where the Wailers’ first albums for Island Records were enhanced and mixed, and also the contribution of the British record that made The Wailers, and Bob Marley in particular, world superstars.”

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5 Comments

  1. | Sequoia

    Amazing news, this is the beginning of the time to come when many more Black reagge artist will be recognised for their contributions to the music industry.

    Great news : big up the boys Bob Marley and the Wailers.🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿

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  2. | Colin Robinson

    Reggae Music is the healing of the world Bob Marley amd the Wailers Gift to the world stay bless Jamaica and Jamaican

    Thank you jamaica for your gift to the world .www.reggaeexhibition.com

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  3. | seagul

    To the greatest songwriters that ever lived. Respect forever-para siempre….One love . aim . destiny.

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  4. | Rainbow

    Aya man bob

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  5. | wez tindian

    ….“Without a doubt, the global awareness and impact of reggae music is largely due to the musical creativity and the missionary message of liberation and upliftment promoted by Bob Marley and The Wailers.

    “It is therefore a fitting tribute to these pioneers who helped to promote Jamaica’s culture, heritage and language to the world.”….

    taking control of what and who we are is about the historic aspect of racism through white eurocentrism over black afrocentrism, is deeply divisive racialise past regarding slavery through the colonial policies and dictates all things great, pure and intellectually worthy emanate from the white mans europe.

    the stigma persist where we still wait for some sense of approval from states institutions in picking up the issues and running with what needs we as a black race are prepared to do wrong to be right.

    The Nubian Jack Community Trust is an institution i must say i did not know was out there promoting the black diasporas issue.

    where are the black individuals, who having granted status through the states institutions of control, the Sirs knights of the realm, the Lords and Dames, The social celebrities periodically wheeled out dusted off, as the front, to establish multiculturalism and diversity through acceptance, then filed away for the establishment next PR event.

    Thees are the ones, having fame and notoriety bestowed on them will bask in level of sartorial intention of sophistication to the world regarding selective memory.

    These pretentious hoop jumpers, performing seals now admitted to sit within the masters house instead of the fields where their for-fathers were once banish as chattel.

    Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, The Wailers and others were documenting what was wrong with white Euro-centric western european through historically, dictate that being black, in world through subjugation and denial establishes self-denigration and profound insecurity.

    There are those, poets, writers, musicians, and liberal thinkers within the black communities who are denied because they have not sold their moral principles for self-interest.

    …EXODUS – if U know your HISTORY U will know where UR coming from…

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