|Dreamland final resting place for Bunny Wailer|
‘Jah B’ to be laid to rest on secret location on his property
Dreamland Farm, the 142-acre estate located snugly on the border of St Thomas and Portland, will be the final resting place for reggae legend Bunny Wailer, who passed away on Tuesday, March 2, at the Medical Associates Hospital in St Andrew.
This confirmation comes amid a discussion of the rightful place to bury reggae icons of the calibre of Bunny Wailer, who had been given one of the highest and rarest orders by the Government of Jamaica, the Order of Merit. National Heroes Park has been mentioned.
“Where he is to be physically interred on the property will be a secret to the public,” Stowe shared, but did not give a date for the funeral. “It is what he would have wanted, and that is the most important thing here. Even Butch Stewart is interred on his own property,” she added.
She said, however, there are plans for a nine-night on Thursday. But it will be one in which fans are asked to observe all COVID-19 protocols by staying at home, lighting a white candle at 9 p.m. and say a prayer for Jah B “as he traverses to a higher ascension in the unknowable world”.
One of the themes of Bunny Wailer’s music was repatriation. He explored this in songs such as Dreamland, a cover of El Tempos’ My Dream Island with slightly reworked lyrics that became his signature song. He later named his farm Dreamland.
Bunny Wailer won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album three times – in 1991 for the album Time Will Tell: A Tribute to Bob Marley; in 1995 for Crucial! Roots Classics; and in 1997 for Hall of Fame: A Tribute to Bob Marley’s 50th Anniversary. He was also featured on the album True Love by Toots and the Maytals, which won the Grammy Award in 2004 for Best Reggae Album.
In August 2012, Bunny Wailer received Jamaica’s fifth-highest honour from the Government, the Order of Jamaica, and in October 2017, it was upgraded and he was awarded the Order of Merit. In February 2019, the Government again recognised his contribution to Jamaican music again, with a Reggae Gold Award from the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association.
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