Dubcentral with The Wailers & Jungle Lion at O2 Academy

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Together with Bob Marley, the Wailers have sold in excess of 250 million albums worldwide. In England alone, they’ve notched up over twenty chart hits, including seven Top 10 entries. Outside of their groundbreaking work with Marley, the Wailers have also played or performed with international acts like Sting, the Fugees, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, and Alpha Blondy, as well as reggae legends such as Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, and Burning Spear. As the greatest living exponents of Jamaica’s reggae tradition, the Wailers have completed innumerable other tours, playing to an estimated 24 million people across the globe. They have also been the first reggae band to tour new territories on many occasions, including Africa and the Far East.

Their nucleus formed in 1969, when Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, and Peter Tosh recruited the Barrett brothers – bassist Aston “Family Man” and drummer Carly – from Lee Perry’s Upsetters to play on hits such as Lively Up Yourself, Trenchtown Rock, Duppy Conqueror, and many more besides. Inspired by Rastafari and their ambitions of reaching an international audience, this is the line-up that pioneered roots rock reggae, and signed to Island Records in 1971. Bunny and Peter left two years later. It was at this point that the in-demand Barrett brothers – whose rhythms also underpinned innumerable seventies’ reggae hits by other acts – assumed the title of Wailers, and backed Marley on the group’s international breakthrough album, Natty Dread. Under Family Man’s musical leadership, they then partnered Bob Marley on the succession of hit singles and albums that made him a global icon, winner of several Lifetime Achievement awards, and Jamaica’s best-loved musical superstar. Drummer Carlton “Carlie” Barrett died in 1987, leaving his brother as the main beneficiary of the Wailers’ mantle.


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.
The history of the band during Marley’s lifetime is well known. Just to recap, their music has sold in excess of 250 million albums worldwide. In England alone, they’ve notched up over twenty chart hits, including seven Top 10 entries. This was no accident. Apart from Marley, the Wailers have performed with international acts such as Sting, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, as well as reggae legends Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer and Burning Spear. Their most recent collaborators include Kenny Chesney, Eve, Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat. They’ve also completed innumerable tours over the years, playing to an estimated 24 million people across the globe, including groundbreaking performances in Africa and the Far East.

The anchor of the band is Aston “Family Man” Barrett, who in addition to being Marley’s most trusted lieutenant, played on countless other classic reggae hits throughout the seventies. The authenticity he brings to the Wailers’ sound is indisputable and yet today’s line-up combines old school know-how with lead vocals from one of Jamaica’s most exciting new singers.


Jungle Lion are a electrifying a 12-piece SKA and Reggae band based in Sheffield, boasting 6 horns and 5 vocals, with the kind of sound and stage presence that’s all too rare these days. They play a wide range of material, from popular classics to hidden gems, heavily customised obscurities, all about good times, party atmosphere and lots of dancing.
Jungle Lion just seem to move onwards and upwards supporting the likes of UB40, The Beat, The Skatalites, and recently featured at Riddimtions 14th birthday in Sheffield!


The last 12 years Dubcentral has not only hosted regular sound system sessions, but has grown to include many genres, hosting world music stages and parties in the UK. Dubcentral is dedicated making first class music accessible to people from all backgrounds and bringing a heady dose of good vibes to the dance floor. Dubcentral have supported and brought some amazing Reggae Legends to Sheffield including Desmond Dekker, Johnny Clarke, Cornell Campbell, Macka B, The Skatalites, Toots and The Maytals, Micheal Prophet and so many sound systems such as Channel One, Iration Steppas, Universal Hi-Fi, Operation Sound System, Vibronics to name a few!

Sunday 29th September 2013
Doors 7.00 pm – 11.00 pm
O2 Academy, Arundel Gate, Sheffield


The Wailers
Jungle Lion