The Wailers have gone back to their roots with their new 3-singer line-up for their 2011 U.S. Tour.
The new line-up includes Yvad, Koolant and Danglin as well as original member and the band's musical director Aston "Familyman" Barrett. The band will be using the tour to bring attention to their new single "A Step For Mankind" which was written by Duane Stephenson specifically for the World Food Programme.
"A Step for Mankind," recorded in Jamaica specifically for Oniric Records' Solution for Dreamers: Season 3 is the band's first studio song in more than 16 years.
The band is joined on the track by the Wailers' new singer Koolant,a fresh talent from the heart of St. Thomas known for blazing a positive future for reggae music with his work. The track also introduces Dr Dre protégé Bishop Lamont, an up-and-coming rapper, who contributes a magical flow in the track's breakdown. Graced by the Wailers' undeniably distinctive groove, "A Step for Mankind" is a small taste of more music forthcoming from the legendary group.
Formed in Jamaica in the late 1960s, The Wailers are one of the most successful reggae bands of all time, selling 250 million albums, and playing live to an estimated 24 million people worldwide. Wailers' bass player Aston "Familyman" Barrett is recognized throughout the world as the architect of reggae. A revered innovator, he joined The Wailers in 1969, quickly becoming singer-songwriter Bob Marley's right-hand man and musical director. On record and on stage, his inimitable style became an essential part of the Wailers' sound. Following Marley's death in 1981, "Fams" took the reins as the band's leader, spearheading performances to adoring crowds the world over, as well as the band's involvement with the fight against global hunger.
8 February - Majestic Theatre, Madison, WI
9 February - The Ark, Ann Arbor, MI
10 February - Bluebird, Bloomington, IN
11 February - The Rave At Eagles Auditorium, Milwaukee, WI
12 February - House of Blues, Chicago, IL
13 February - The Kent Stage, Kent, OH
16 February - Pickle Barrel Nightclub, Killington, VT
17 February - Spruce Peak Perf. Arts Center, Stowe, VT
18 February - Festival Montreawl En Lumiere, Montreal, Canada
19 February - The Music Hall, Porstmouth, NH
20 February - Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown, NY
2 April - Lake Worth Reggae Festival, Lake Worth, FL
10 April - Steamboats Springs Ski Arewa, Steamboat Springs, CO
20 May - Chesapeake Jubilee Festival, Chesapeake, VA