Exciting reggae band Third World releases new music with Damian Marley


Third World

Jamaica’s beloved reggae band Third World releases new music, produced by Damian Marley.

By Tiffany Mea

As Black Music Month is celebrated across the globe, Jamaica’s iconic reggae band Third World is celebrating a very significant milestone–more than 40 years in music. Long admired as one of the most pivotal reggae bands of all time, Third World will release its first major song of the year “YimMasGan” on June 16, 2015 on Ghetto Youths International.

The song is produced by Damian Marley and will also be accompanied with a new music video directed by Jamaica’s own Ras Kassa, is a fresh take on the 1974 original track by The Abyssinians. Yim mas gan means let him be praised in the ancient Ethiopian Amharic language. This is the second song written by The Abyssinians that Third World recorded. The first was “Satta Massagana,” released in 1975 on Chris Blackwell’s Island Records.

Reggae band Third World bas been providing musical excellence for more than 40 years.

Reggae band Third World bas been providing musical excellence for more than 40 years.

“This song is almost as if we have come full circle. When we recorded ‘Satta Massagana,’ it was one of our very first recordings. In fact, it was the lead song on our first self-titled album,” said Founding member Cat Coore. “This song is giving praise and thanks to the most high, Jah Rastafari, for his presence, ever-guiding hand and inspirational vibration that we all feel within the Rasta community. Recording this song with Jr. Gong makes it even more special to us. With Damian’s production skills mixed with his musicians that helped create the song, we feel it is one of the best covers not just done by Third World, but ever done by anyone.”

“The record has a lot of meaning to Third World because it’s giving praises to Ethiopia and the King. The writing of the Abyssinians music was so spiritually high, that is like a prayer. It is like a chant and we just connect with it. Also, Damian Marley adding his touch to the whole thing brings a new light to the music and its meaning,” said group member Richard Daley.

“I’m honored to be working with some of my musical heroes. Third World has played a great role in my development as an artist and I’m proud to be a part of their latest project,” expresses Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley.

Vintage Third World image.

Vintage Third World image.

With 10 Grammy nominations, sold-out tours worldwide, a loyal fan base and a catalog of Top 40 Billboard charted smash hits including “Now That We Found Love,” which was remade with much success by the late Jamaica-born rapper Heavy D and the fan favorites “Try Jah Love,” and “96 Degrees in the Shade,” Third World has been one of the most consistently successful reggae bands. Third World’s reggae fusion style mixes R&B, funk, pop, rock, dance hall and hip-hop into the genre, making the group one of Jamaica’s most popular crossover acts among international audiences.

The band has toured and worked with the late great Bob Marley, including opening for Marley’s first world tour in 1978, Stevie Wonder, who produced two of the groups’ albums in the 80’s which were released with CBS, Carlos Santana and the Jackson Five, opening for their first concert in Jamaica. Third World has also shared the stage with the likes of Bono of U2, Sting, The Police, Whitney Houston, Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill, Jimmy Buffett, Eric Clapton and Marc Anthony and landed national TV performances on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, Arsenio Hall Show and many more. Third World lost its distinctive lead singer William “Bunny Rugs’ Clarke to cancer February 2014, during Reggae Month.

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Third World’s lead singer “Bunny Rugs” has died

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William ‘Bunny Rugs’ Clarke

By Carmen Glover

For those who grew up on the island paradise of Jamaica listening to the sweet strains of exquisite reggae music, the soothing voices of Third World, Dennis Brown, Freddie McGregor and Black Uhuru provided the soundtrack of a remarkable childhood. For those, and a legion of fans worldwide, it is a very sad to accept that William ‘Bunny Rugs’ Clarke, the lead singer of the group Third World, whose poignant, searing voice gave the group its trademark sound, lost his battle to cancer and is with us no more.

William "Bunny Rugs" Clarke of reggae group Third World.

William “Bunny Rugs” Clarke of reggae group Third World.

Clarke, who was born on February 6, 1948, died hours ago, at the start of Reggae Month, in a Florida hospital, after being hospitalized in intensive care for a while. He would have celebrated his 66th birthday this coming Thursday.Clarke was also known as Bunny Scott and he began his musical career in the mid-1960s.  He was born in Mandeville, Jamaica. Clarke joined Third World in 1976, later enjoying the release of the hit album “96 Degrees in the Shade,” his first album with the group.

Third World Band with William "Bunny Rugs' Clarke in the middle.

Third World Band with William “Bunny Rugs’ Clarke in the middle.

Who can forget the beautiful notes to “Try Jah Love?” or the infectious melody of “Now That we’ve Found Love,” that late Heavy D took and blended with his own unique spin to create one of his most memorable hits? Who can forget Clarke’s clear vocal inflections on the anthem “Apartheid No” that railed against the injustices of the racist apartheid regime is South Africa?

According to reports by the Jamaica Obsever, Clarke was unable to participate in Third World’s 40th anniversary celebrations last year, due to illness. It was just four days ago that the paper reported that he was on the mend, after being hospitalized in Florida. Clarke also recorded music as a solo artist, releasing the album “Talking to You” in 1995. His 2012 single “Land We Love” from his album “Time” donating the profits to the Jamaican Children’s Heart Fund and the Chain of Hope charities. He received numerous awards for his music.

The passing of a legend is typically difficult to comprehend because it evokes an admixture of complex emotions. Clarke’s death is no different. Rest in Peace dear Bunny. Our hearts weep. Fans have flooded social media sites with tributes to the reggae icon, who, for many has gone too soon.—OnPointPress.net

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