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Bob Marley and the Wailers - When surnames tell a story

I had the pleasure of listening to David Olusoga's powerful keynote speech at the Black British Book Festival in Birmingham recently. During his speech, he spoke of his revelation at making the connection between the Highland Toffee he used to eat as a child, and the fact that the sugar used to make the delicious treat would have originated in the Caribbean, harvested by enslaved peoples.

While the name Bob Marley may be familiar to many, the other members of the Wailers may not be. The band known as the Wailers was formed in 1964 with three core members - Winston McIntosh, Neville Livingston, and Robert Marley. While they subsequently became known as Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer and Bob Marley respectively, it is their surnames which David Olusoga pointed out, were all of British origin.