SHILLONG, Oct 24 - Jamaican Reggae band, The Wailers � comprising some of the remnants of the legendary Bob Marley and the Wailers � are all set to make their India debut with a Saturday concert in Shillong, often described as India�s Rock capital.
On their maiden visit to India, the band has promised a high-voltage performance at the annual NH7 Weekender Festival to be held at RBDSA Sports Complex here. They will also perform in Kolkata on November 1.
�This is our first time to India and we are longing to explore beautiful Shillong. We expect exposure to the ancient culture and all that it has to offer,� Aston Barrett, the bassist and frontman of The Wailers, said over phone from Guwahati.
Barrett, who is one of the original members of the Bob Marley-led band, also promised: �As long as we are in India for the first time, we will try to play for as many of the people as possible.�
On his expectations from their first concert in India and that too starting from Shillong, Barret, who goes by the nickname �Family Man�, said: �The current Wailers band still maintains the standards that we established 40 years ago. We are looking forward to playing these songs for the people of Shillong and Reggae lovers for the first time in India. It is a joy to spread the music to so many people around the world.�
Apart from �Family Man� Barrett, the band has Aston Barrett Jr on the drums, Dwayne Anglin as the lead vocalist, Cegee Victory with backing vocals, Audley Chisholm as the lead guitarist, Melvin Glover on the rhythm guitar and Chaka Taylor on keyboards.
�The power of the music was made very clear when we were faced with attacks on our safety. Music always finds its people,� said Barrett. � IANS