Elan Atias, The Wailers @ UCD 12/02/2009
The Wailers Band was the backing band for Bob Marley & The Wailers from 1974 until Bob Marley's death in 1981.
Bob Marley originally started singing with The Wailers, together with among others Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh. Following the demise of The Wailers, Bob Marley proceeded with his group Bob Marley & The Wailers, with the Wailers Band as the backing band, and the I Threes as backup vocalists. The Wailers Band consisted of among others bassist Aston "Family Man" Barrett and his brother, drummer Carlton (Carlie) Barrett, who had been members of Lee "Scratch" Perry's studio band, The Upsetters, with whom The Wailers had recorded some of their most notable songs.
After the death of Bob Marley in 1981, the Wailers Band was led by Junior Marvin and Aston Barrett.
Today the band continues to play live in concert. Their current lineup includes: Elan Atias on lead vocals, Aston "Family Man" Barrett on Bass, Keith Sterling on Keys, Drummie Zeb on Drums, Marcia Griffiths on background vocals (aka Wailers Sister)