by Dwight James III, FSUNews.com
Dwayne "Danglin" Anglin of The Wailers performs live for fans at the
2016 Byron Bay Bluesfest on March 27, 2016 in Byron Bay, Australia.
Bob Marley has inspired many musicians with his relaxing music style promoting ideals such as love and piece. One of these bands is the Wailers. On Wednesday, April 5, the Wailers brought their fun and unique sound to Tallahassee's own Side Bar Theater. Along with their fantastic music, the band brought to mind three main ways to keep Reggae alive.
1. Inspire others to play
Walking into the venue, I was rather confused at the band on the stage. Imagine a band with young musicians jamming out on stage with Rasta colored L.E.D. lights and flag behind them. The lead singers dance with one another with colorful dresses wrapped around their hips and harmonize to the instrumentals of their band mates. The crowd was rather seasoned, I could tell that this was a laid-back night.
Under the neon lights, the band churned out an electric wave across the room. I could feel hints of Marley, Beenie Man and even Vybz Kartel in their set. Couples pranced around until the track "Up and Down" played, putting everyone in a synchronized head bop. This is usually where the crowd puts on a contemplative look and slows down with the music.
In a weird way, everyone made their own pace and still followed the song. It reminded me of a group of friends at a marathon -- everyone knew they'd make it to the finish line but got there on their own time. During and even after the rain, we all waited till the Wailers came out to bless with their historical and gripping sound that hasn't changed with time. It was a bit difficult to breathe with smoke looming the room but it was worth the wait.
2. Play the same old songs differently-- every single time
Have you ever felt like you were watching a movie but in reverse and modified? That's how it felt watching the Wailers for the first time. It was exciting, thrilling even, but there was a void I felt while witnessing the Wailers in action. I could tell that the chemistry amongst the bandmates had been built overtime and adjusted. However, I imagined the spirit of Bob Marley filling the room. Getting a bit lost in the music and in limbo between the past and now, I could see Bob Marley singing "Shot the Sheriff" with the band.
What keeps a man alive? His music, fans or band? I'm slowly starting to think that it's a combination of all three. That may be why I became so hooked on Marley and the Wailers in the past few weeks. The positivity they emitted is contagious-- that may also be why Reggae continues to survive in today's time. With all of the negativity occurring, there must be a genre that pulls its inspiration from positive vibrations and with the hope that everything will truly be alright.
3. Keep on jammin'-- for those naive and accustomed to Reggae
Sometimes, it takes one push to keep a movement going. Familyman promised himself that he would maintain the band for Marley and that he did. His commitment has not only revitalized the genre but motivated bands all over the country to make Reggae in their own way. All while maintaining the original flare that Marley and the Wailers gave it. From Trenchtown to the World, the positive vibrations continue till this day as we keep on jammin'.