The Wailing Souls In BrazilHoward Campbell, Jamaica Observer Dispatch - March 2015The Wailing Souls have travelled the world, spreading the message of One Love through reggae. But the duo never performed in Brazil. Not until this month when they did five shows there.
"It's an amazing place. They have a great appreciation for reggae, especially roots music," said Lloyd 'Bread' McDonald, half of the Wailing Souls. He and longtime colleague Winston 'Pipe' Matthews did shows in Ribeirao Preto, Arbraquara, Piracicaba, and two shows in Pompeia. The shows were held March 11-15, 2015.
"It was really great, people were waiting on us when we arrived. They were big posters of us all over," said Bread. Brazil has been a happy hunting ground for reggae artists for 40 years. Jimmy Cliff, The Congos, Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown and Horace Andy have major followings there. The Wailing Souls have been together since the mid-1960s. They are responsible for classic songs such as Firehouse Rock, Jah Jah Give us Life and War.
They are scheduled to perform on several festivals on the United States West Coast.
Reggae Stars Put Stamp of Island Magic On Disney Classics With The Disney Reggae Club Featuring The Wailing Souls BURBANK, California - March 23, 2010 The magic of Disney meets the magical isle of Jamaica, as Walt Disney Records readies an album of classic Disney songs newly recorded by a cross-section of top reggae musicians. The Disney Reggae Club features songs from immortal Disney animated films – from "The Little Mermaid" to "Jungle Book" – recorded by such esteemed artists as Grammy winning reggae legend Toots (of Toots & the Maytals fame), five time Grammy winner Ziggy Marley, reggae's most prolific and long lasting production team Sly & Robbie, multiple Grammy winner Cedella Marley, Grammy winner Burning Spear, legendary British band UB40 and Hasidic rapper Matisyahu. The album is set to arrive in stores and at online retailers June 8. The Wailing Souls are featured on track six, performing "True to Your Heart" (from "Mulan")
Artists and tracks included on the album are:
1. "Circle of Life" Performed by Matisyahu
2. "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" Performed by Cedella Marley
3. "The Bare Necessities" Performed by Steel Pulse
4. "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" Performed by Morgan Heritage
5. "What a Wonderful World" Performed by Ziggy Marley
6. "True to Your Heart" Performed by The Wailing Souls
7. You’ve Got a Friend in Me Performed by Sly & Robbie
8. "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah" Performed by Toots
9. "I Wan’na Be Like You" Performed by UB40
10. "Ev’rybody Wants to Be a Cat" Performed by Michael G & the Easy Star All-Stars
11. "Kiss The Girl" Performed by Burning Spear
12. "Under The Sea" Performed by Gregory Isaacs
13. "Find Yourself" Performed by Yellowman
Listen to the track....
Wailing Souls' Things And Time Featured In Dear John Soundtrack February 10, 2010
The song, Things & Time, by legendary ska/reggae group The Wailing Souls is featured on the soundtrack for the #1 movie in America, Dear John, a release from VP Records and Greensleeves Publishing stated.
The romantic drama, Dear John, unseated the movie Avatar which has been on top of the box office charts for seven weeks, making Dear John the highest-grossing film ever to open on the weekend of the Super Bowl. The film is based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks, who has penned numerous books that have been made into great films: Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember and The Notebook. read more
The Wailing Souls, Legendery Roots Group February 15th, 2009The Wailing Souls are part of the small surviving group of reggae and roots originators still musically active today. The legendary group dates back to the late 1960s. The Wailing Souls members got their start learning from reggae icon Joe Higgs in Jamaica's Trench Town yards and sung alongside other emerging groups at the time including Bob Marley & The Wailers. By the '70s The Wailing Souls attracted interest from preeminent reggae producer Coxson Dodd and began a fruitful recording career. Four decades later the group has amassed three Grammy nominations, has been critically lauded for albums released by Island, Tuff Gong and CBS Records and gained a widespread international following.
The Wailing Souls saw large success in the early '90s featuring songs on soundtracks including the certified gold album for Disney's film Cool Runnings. Their 1992 album All Over The World also achieved a great deal of success for the group, selling over 800,000 copies.
The Wailing Souls pushed the musical limits of the reggae genre with that release, blending sounds of funk, r&b, and country into their roots tradition, securing their reputations as pioneers in the genre.
Fusing the harmonies of Motown with the roots and dancehall sounds of reggae, The Wailing Souls persist as one of the most powerful forces in Jamaican music. To this day, the group continues to release provocative, highly regarded regarded albums and is one of the most popular live reggae acts on the scene.
The Wailing Souls currently consists of founding members
Lloyd (Bread) McDonald & Winston (Pipe) Matthews
Fusing the harmonies of Motown with the roots and dancehall sounds of reggae, The Wailing Souls have ridden the crest of Jamaica's music for more than four decades. Nominated for Grammy awards three times, the group scored hits with classic roots reggae tunes, War and Bredda Gravlicious, Firehouse Rock, and 1992 album and title track, All Over The World. Additionally, the group scored number one hits with Things and Time, Jah Jah, Old Broom, and Shark Attack. The Wailing Souls' recording career has been nothing short of historic. Vocally trained by Bob Marley and the Wailers' teacher, Joe Higgs, they worked with legendary reggae producers including Coxson Dodd of Studio One, Henry 'Junjo' Lawes, Channel One Studios, Delroy Wright, Lloyd 'King' Jammy’s, as well as recording several early tunes at Bob Marley's Tuff Gong Studio. The Wailing Souls attracted global attention when their music was featured in the 1993 Disney film, Cool Runnings. The soundtrack album was an international hit, selling nearly half a million copies worldwide. The Souls had three songs on this soundtrack including the hit, Picky Picky Head. Formed in Trench Town, Kingston, Jamaica, in the late-1960s, The Wailing Souls have experienced numerous transformations. Their discography (over 26 albums to date) includes singles recorded as The Renegades, Pipe & the Pipers, and Atarra. Sly & Robbie and the Roots Radics are only a few of the stellar musicians who have worked with The Wailing Souls.
Still one of the most powerful forces in Reggae, The Wailing Souls continue to tour globally and record new songs with the vigor that they had singing in Kingston's Trench Town decades ago.
Wailing Souls - Bonnaroo 2009
On Saturday June 12th, 2009 The Wailing Souls took the mainstage
at Bonnaroo. Here are some highlights... Photos Reviews:
June 2009 - OutTheOther.com
June 11th, 2009 - Speakeasy