Bob Marley's backing band pay tribute to the reggae star in Abu Dhabi

The Original Wailers will perform at the Bob Marley Birthday Festival

Bob Marley's backing band pay tribute to the reggae star in Abu Dhabi

Sun, sand, good tunes and good vibes. Does it get any better?

We don’t think so, and here in Abu Dhabi we’re lucky to have lots of opportunities to indulge in all four.

However, our favourite excuse to partake in them is perhaps the annual Bob Marley Birthday Festival.

Back at Yas Beach for its sixth year, the massive event from Reggae Beachfest and Steppin Razor is a brilliant tribute to Jamaica’s most popular musician.

We have to admit, when we first moved here we were surprised to see a yearly party dedicated to Marley, but overjoyed that it existed.

Over the years there have been some amazing performers at the Yas Island bash, including Ky-mani Marley, Kevin Lyttle and Busy Signal.

This year, the bar is raised even higher, with The Original Wailers headlining the line-up on February 8.

Steered by guitarist Al Anderson, No Woman, No Cry, the band is full of incredible musicians carrying on Marley’s personality, music and energy.

Also on the bill are Romain Virgo, who keeps the lovers rock style alive and has had hits with Mi Caan Sleep, Live Mi Life and Alton’s Medley, and The Unit Band, Dubtronic Kru and Nutty O.

The tunes don’t start and end with the live bands either, also providing the sounds will be the brilliant Beach Fest All Star DJs.

Event organiser Adonai says: “Every solid Bob Marley fan and reggae music listener will surely know who The Original Wailers are.

“Headed by Al Anderson, they toured and closely worked with the late Bob Marley singing their reggae hits.”

The Original Wailers are set to perform for two hours, playing a host of classics. The band has continues to tour and record since Marley’s tragic death in 1981 and have been nominated for several Grammy awards.

As well as music there will also be food trucks serving Jamaican delicacies and handmade arts and crafts for sale.

Tickets are on sale now from Dhs130 from 800 Tickets. Those who buy on the door will pay Dhs150.
From Dhs130. Feb 8, 4pm-3am,

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