Blue Plaque Honour: Bob Marley, Peter Tosh And Bunny Wailer Listed As Recipients

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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.

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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