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Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh live, Youth Consciousness Festival, December 25, 1982

At sunset on the evening of December 25, 1982, Bunny Wailer took the stage at Jamaica’s National Youth Consciousness Festival along with Sly and Robbie and the I-Three. Having lived in relative seclusion behind the iron-gated walls of his compound in the Washington Gardens section of Kingston since the release of his landmark debut album in six years earlier in 1976, the massive crowd was eager with anticipation, not knowing what the night would bring. What they ended up getting that night was the top performance of Bunny’s career, one that was topped off when reggae legends Peter Tosh and Jimmy Cliff joined him onstage for an encore.

This historic live performance was captured on the soundboard and Bunny released it as a live album titled Bunny Wailer ‎Live! on his own Solomonic label in 1983. The album contains only a small portion of the show.

Included here for your listening enjoyment is that live performance in its entirety!

Rastaman Dub
Bunnys Intro
Intro Speach
Blackheart Man
Fighting Against Conviction
Let Him Go
Love Fire
Dance Rock
Rootsman Skankin’
Galong So
Cool Runnings
Bunny Talks
Rule This Land
Ballroom Floor
No Woman No Cry
Keep On Movin’

Pick Myself Up
Comin In Hot
Not Gonna Give It Up
You Can’T Blame The Youth
Dem Ha Ge Get A Beatin’
Rastafari Is
Bush Doctor (Fade In)
Johnny B Good
Ketchy Shuby
Brand New Second Hand
Babylon Queendom
Legalize It

Bunny Wailer performs “Ballroom Floor” at Jamaica’s 1982 Youth Consciousness Festival

These black and white photos of Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Bunny Wailer, and the I-Three performing together on-stage at the 1982 Youth Consciousness Festival were taken by my good friend Doctor Dread and are the only known photographs that exist of this historic event.

Peter and Bunny


Peter and Bunny




Peter and Bunny

Included here .is a written rev iew of this historic concert by Gleaner staff writer Balford Henry from the December 28, 1982 issue:

Bunny Wailer

Jamaica Gleaner, December 28, 1982




  1. Many thanks for these audios , pure pleasure for the soul !

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