Three-time Grammy award winner and original member of reggae group The Wailers, Bunny Wailer, has finally opened his museum.
The launch of The Wailers Museum took place recently, in celebration of his 70th birthday and his first official website (www.wailersmuseum.com) officially launched.
The museum is located at 10 Darley Crescent Washington Gardens, Kingston 20, in a community re-known for musical landmarks including the studio of Bunny Striker Lee and Lee Scratch Perry.
Bunny Wailer said he was mindful that he wanted to design and make sure the narrative and artifacts of the museum mirrored his interpretation of his life and legacy and that of the group, The Wailers.
“I felt as the surviving member of The Wailers, it is my obligation and responsibility as the only one alive, who lived and had the most intimate memory of that history, to record it for posterity,” he said.
The museum is heavily influential by Rastafari culture and the seminal role of his father, Thaddeus Livingston.
The space was converted from Bunny Wailer’s personal home into a museum. Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Marcia Griffiths, Leroy Smart, Buju Banton, and many other artists, international and local press, and industry professionals have all had to visit this house in order to conduct business or leisure with Bunny Wailer more affectionately called “Jah B” or “Don Dada.”
It also puts in perspective the fact that all three members maintained the ethos of The Wailers in their individual solo careers and so it mitigates the perception of Bob Marley being the main ingredient and Peter and Bunny as just ‘harmony’ singers.
The museum consists of a wide scope of artifacts, history, photographs and audiovisual materials.
His son Abijah Livingston and his partner (Chucka), and their company, Lime and Chune Limited, along with Maxine Stowe, his manager, are the curators of the Museum.