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Reggae Band Third World

Reggae Band Third World

Continuing our Reggae in the Desert series interviews this time we share the microphone with Cat Coore the guitarist and Rockshaw the drummer of legendary Reggae Band Third World, from Jamaica, good vibes peace and love happiness when they just started playing.

Third World is more than one of the top reggae bands of all time, it is an institution. An institution that stands for producing and performing music that while holding firm to its cultural and ancestral roots of its members,still pushes forward the cutting edge music worldwide.It is an institution whose themes are positive, progressive and internationally relevant.Formed in 1973 Third World is committed to the excellence in reggae music by combing Jamaican Reggae with Folk Music with all strains of African Rhythms, American Pop,Rhythm and Blues,Rap and Classic music.After over three decades, Third World is one of the longest running and most diverse bands that Jamaica has ever produced.

Smashing hits sold -out tours and inspirational messages, the 10 time Grammy nominated band Third World Kicked into high gear the celebrating of there milestone anniversary( 37 years as a group). In 2010 the Reggae Ambassadors celebrated with performances in the United States, Canada, Europe and Caribbean.

They began there year long anniversary celebrating at the 14th annual Jamaican Jazz and Blues festival. Prior to there performance the media fraternity was invited to a press conference hosted by Riu Hotel and moderated by Pat McKay of Sirius satellite radio.

The band shared information about the” Anniversary Project”and anticipated the release of there 23rd album Patriots


 Reggae Band Third World

THIRD WORLD is a Jamaican reggae band formed in 1973. Their sound is influenced by soul, funk and disco. The band started when keyboard player Michael “Ibo” Cooper and guitarist (and cellist) Stephen “Cat” Coore, who had originally played in The Alley Cats then Inner Circle, subsequently left to form their own band. The original drummer, Cornel Marshall, arrived via one of Jamaica’s most renowned groups of the sixties, Tomorrow’s Children. The lineup for their first album as Third World also included a singer named “Prilly” and percussionist Irving “Carrot” Jarrett. The album included a cover of Satta Massagana, originally performed by The Abyssinians, which became a local hit.


Their second album, 96 Degrees in the Shade (1977), had several local hits and featured the band’s classic lineup. “Prilly” was replaced by the distinctive vocalist “Bunny Rugs” Clarke and an all-new rhythm section: Ritchie Daley on bass and former Inner Circle drummer Willie Stewart, who had defected to join the new band. Notable among its eight tracks were 1865 (96° in the Shade), Rhythm of Life and the album’s only cover, Dreamland, as recorded by Bunny Wailer. (This song, however, was not written by Wailer, other than the slight lyric and name change. It was in fact written and originally recorded as My Dream Island, by the American R&B band, El Tempos in 1961.)


Third World’s greatest success came in the late 1970s and early 1980s, peaking with their cover version of The O’Jays’ Now That We Found Love, a hit single on both sides of the Atlantic in 1979. This song brought them to the attention of Stevie Wonder, who worked with them and wrote, along with Melody A McCully, their hit Try Jah Love. They were also guests during the third season of SCTV.

I proudly present this interview in La’s Vegas NV   Reggae in the Desert June 16th 2012  Third World Cat Coore and Rockshaw with Donald Rogers  thank you for sharing

Reggae Band Third World

Reggae Band Third World