17 August 2015
On time (five minutes ahead of schedule), easy going, smiling and followed by a standing ovation. Thus, the Jamaican Bunny Wailer entered the Reggae University just a few hours before appearing on the Main Stage to materialize tonight (23.30 pm) the second of the tributes to Bob Marley for the 70th anniversary of his birth.
There, in the temple of reggae and Rastafarian culture, so packed that part of the audience had to stand outside, Wailer has reviewed the history of the Wailers, band founded by him together with Marley and Peter Tosh. “Im still here, surviving the Wailers”, this key figure in the history of reggae said during the session. “Every time I think of them, I feel the greatest respect” Bunny Wailer remarked. Also, he has not hesitated to highlight the achivement implied in the preservation of the message of the Wailers several generations after.
Every one of his words, every phrase, every humming of the songs that have been played to embellish his history, musical and personal, have been followed by a round of applause from the audience. An audience that has said goodbye with the same energy as on his arrival, a normal gesture specially for someone like him: a key figure to write the history of reggae.
“We are here today to celebrate this great phenomenon of reggae”, he noted. So, celebrate it.