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Third World Music Group in association with Zojak World Wide is pleased to present the release of Third World’s 23rd album Patriots. Known as one of the greatest reggae bands of all time, this release celebrates over 3 decades of music from the group.
Patriots is an album that spans eras and subgenres of reggae music with ease. Tracks like Front Door (featuring the late, great Gregory Isaacs), You Made Me So Very Happy (a cover of Alton Ellis‘ timeless hit featuring Marcia Griffiths), By My Side (featuring Tessanne Chin), Good Hearted People (feat. Capleton), and 96 Derees In the Shade (a remake of the band’s classic featuring Stephen and Damian Marley) demonstrate the undeniable skill and ageless quality of the band. Other guests on the album include Junior Reid, Mykal Rose, Dean Frazer, Tarrus Riley, and Toots Hibbert. Quality reggae music is indeed still alive, and Patriots is a prime example of that.
Considering Third World is a band known as much for its impressive live performances as its studio output, fans will find themselves treated to a live version of Spirit Lives performed at the 2010 Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival. Listeners of all age groups, backgrounds, and tastes are sure to find something they love on this album. Fans can also look forward to Third World being on a world tour in 2011.
1. Spirit Lives ft. Jr. Reid & Inner Circle
2. Revolutionary People
3. 96 Degrees ft. Stephen & Damian Marley
4. Front Door ft. Gregory Issacs
5. By My Side ft. Tessanne Chin
6. Good-Hearted People ft. Capleton
7. Always Around ft. Dean Frazier
8. That’s All We Have ft. Tarrus Riley
9. Island Girl ft. Toots
10. Freedom Must Be Now ft. Mykal Rose
11. You Made Me So Very Happy ft. Marcia Griffiths
12. Patriots Theme ft. Cat Coore on Cello
13. Spirit Lives (Live @ Ja Jazz & Blues 2010)
The globe-trotting reggae ambassadors are off to their next destination, Europe. The band, who announced their 35th Anniversary Celebration tour late last year, have been traveling extensively since launching the tour at the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival on January 29, 2010. Since then, the group has performed at Jumbies in St. Thomas, Foxy’s in Jost Van Dyke – British Virgin Islands, Shirley Heights in Antigua, Captain Hiriam’s Resort, Cruzan Amphitheater, Jannus Landing in Florida and at the St. Kitts Music Festival in St. Kitts.
Having covered the Caribbean, the group will travel to Europe for a two week tour. They will perform at the Reggaeland Festival in Plock, Poland, NOWA Reggae Festival in Barcelona, Dour Festival in Belgium and Might Sounds Festival in Czech Republic. Richard “Bassie” Daly states, “While we have traveled to Europe on several occasions, it is always meaningful to us that we get invited back time and time again. We are very fortunate as a group to be celebrating such a monumental anniversary and still having fans that come out to see our shows no matter where we go.”
Third World Band recently released their single “By My Side” featuring Tessanne Chin, from their upcoming album Patriots. In addition to releasing the single, the video, directed by Adrian Allen features Robert Townsend’s popular online series “Diary of a Single Mom” starring Monica Calhoun, Valery Ortiz, Janice Lynde, Richard Roundtree, Billy Dee Williams and Leon – www.pic.tv/singlemom. The video also features clips from Third World’s historical live online rehearsal stream. Upon its release, the video debut at #5 on Suzie Q’s “Video Alley” charts. The single on the forthcoming album Patriots/Third World Music Group,will be available for purchase via Third World’s digital store, which will be launched on August 10, 2010.
The results of the Highlanda.net survey on new female reggae artists are in…
Several female voices have come out of Jamaica in the last few years who are looking to one day be mentioned amongst the likes of dancehall veterans like Marcia Griffiths, Nadine Sutherland, Lady Saw, Tanya Stephens and others. Who is your favorite FEMALE reggae artist on the scene right now?
…and the winner was a Jamaican actress and Dancehall/Reggae vocalist, Cherine Anderson with 40% of the votes. Her duet with Chuck Fender entitled Coming Over established itself as an anthem in the dancehall. Download a free mixtape of her music hosted by Rory of Stone Love from her website CherineAnderson.com. Cherine is a young, but accomplished talent. Her films to date include Dancehall Queen and One Love.
Next we introduce to the world Etana. Etana, which means ‘strong one,’ rejected the words and image of the sexy dancehall genre in favor of a visible lifestyle defined by Rastafari. She has by all evidence, been vindicated in her choices. Etana’s debut single, Wrong Address, struck a resounding chord and is still getting major radio play, while Roots, her next release is climbing similarly.
Also weighing in was the young Jamaican idol and Universal Motown recording artist Tami Chynn. A pop princess who emerged from one of the grittiest, male dominated music scenes, Jamaica’s dancehall. “My influences are very eclectic. If you browsed my iPod you’d get confused, but it all works really,” says Tami. Her new single Frozen featuring Akon is the title track of her new album in stores now.
All these artists are a big wave in the tsunami of talent coming out of the Caribbean. Other upcoming stars in the business to keep an eye on: