The Wailing Souls


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.

The Wailing Souls are part of the small surviving group of reggae and roots originators still musically active today. Brought to you by Oyé Touring and Trading and Liverpool Sound City, these true music legends will grace the stage at Liverpool’s New Picket on Saturday 22nd May, one of the closing shows for the third annual Liverpool Sound City festival.

The legendary group dates back to the late 1960s, 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. In the early days the band got their start being schooled by 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.

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