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ASTON BARRETT honoured with Bass Player Lifetime Achievement Award

WAILERS bassist ASTON “FAMILY MANY” BARRETT has been given a lifetime achievement award by Bass Player magazine.

The legendary bass player took home the award in recognition for a lifetime of “outstanding contributions to the art, craft and profession of bass playing”.

A special presentation for the award took place on 20 October at the Key Club in Los Angeles.

Barrett has been the driving force of THE WAILERS for more than 40 years, and is known for his signature offbeat bass-patterns that have come to define contemporary reggae music.

In 1974 BOB MARLEY continued recording as BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS with a new backing band included brothers Carlton and Aston Barrett on drums and bass respectively, Junior Marvin and Al Anderson on lead guitar.

As reported by VVN, Barrett said of the award: “This is the first award I have ever received in America, and it was such a great honour because it means the message of reggae music from Jamaica is reaching all the people of the world. 

“The opportunity to speak to other musicians is always an honour, and I was so thrilled the hour had come for me to be able to speak to other bass players and musicians about reggae music. Reggae is the music of the people, and this allowed me to speak to the people. I've been on the road from 1969 until 2012, and this reminds me why it is my mission to spread the message of reggae music to the world.”

Previous recipients of the coveted award include the likes of Bootsy Collins, Stanley Clarke and Jack Bruce.