The Wailers. Wow. Music royalty was coming to Cairns and I just had to go see them! Obviously most people would know them from their work with the late, great Bob Marley and having sold over 250 million albums and playing to over an estimated 24 million people, you can get a grasp of how massive these guys are.
That's why when I received an email saying that I'd won an opportunity to meet these amazing Reggae musicians, I started getting butterflies in my stomach. Questions were running through my head: What was I going to ask them? Would they be receptive of the questions that I ask? What if my questions aren't good enough for them to answer. Am I worthy enough to meet them? I'll get in to this a little later.
The night was.....
To answer my questions to my self doubt is, yes. I was worthy enough to meet them. They welcomed me and my questions with a smile and a laugh that is synonomous with the friendly Jamaicans. Some of my questions to Aston "Family Man" Barrett, who has been an important member of The Wailers on bass since "The old day's with Bob (Marley)" were aimed at breaking the ice and just having a conversation.
Sky: "So Aston, do you ever just want to add a few more notes when the feeling takes hold?"
Aston: (Laughing) "Haha, yes. Sometimes I just play what I feel like"
We chatted for a little while and I then asked the lead singer Koolant Brown how he can keep singing the same songs over and over again.
Koolant: "These songs still have so much meaning and the message hasn't changed. I feel and relate to the messages in my song and get great enjoyment passing on my messages to my fans"