The Top Reggae Bands of All Time | Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 74

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I curated some of the biggest hits from legendary bands: Third World, Israel Vibration, Inner Circle, Aswad, Black Uhuru, and Steel Pulse – groups who have presented fabulous reggae music performances and recordings for nearly half a century.

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Third World is a Jamaican reggae band formed in 1973. Their sound is influenced by soul, funk, and disco. Although it has undergone several line-up changes, Stephen “Cat” Coore and Richard Daley have been constant members.

Steel Pulse is a roots reggae musical band, from the Handsworth area of Birmingham, England, which has a large number of Afro-Caribbean, Indian and other Asian migrants. They originally formed at Handsworth Wood Boys School – composed of David Hinds (lead vocals, guitar), Basil Gabbidon (lead guitar, vocals), and Ronald McQueen (bass); along with Basil’s brother Colin briefly on drums. Steel Pulse was the first non-Jamaican act to win the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.

Black Uhuru is a Jamaican reggae group formed in 1972, initially as Uhuru (Swahili for ‘freedom’). The group has undergone several line-up changes over the years, with Derrick “Duckie” Simpson as the mainstay. They had their most successful period in the 1980s, with their album Anthem winning the first ever Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in 1985.

Aswad is a long-lasting British reggae group, noted for adding strong R&B and soul influences to the reggae sound. They have been performing since the mid-1970s, having released a total of 21 albums. “Aswad” means “black” in Arabic.

Inner Circle is a Jamaican reggae group. The group was originally called The Inner Circle Band and formed in 1968. The band achieved major success in the 1970s with Jacob Miller as their lead singer but split up after his death in 1980. They reformed in 1986 and had a major hit with the 1987 song “Bad Boys”, which serves as the theme song for the long-running Spike (formerly Fox Network) television program COPS.[1] They are also well known for their song “Sweat (A La La La La Long),” a big hit in the U.S. in the early 1990s. The band is known for blending pop and rock with reggae.

Israel Vibration is a reggae harmony group, originating from Kingston, Jamaica. Lascelle “Wiss” Bulgin, Albert “Apple Gabriel” Craig, and Cecil “Skelly” Spence all overcame childhood polio and went on to be one of the most successful roots groups to form in Jamaica in the 1970s. The trio initially met as children at a rehabilitation center.

I would also want to make mention of bands like Fab 5, UB40, Big Mountain, SOJA, Tribal Seeds, Raging Fyah, and there are and have been 1000’s of musical ensembles that dedicated themselves to pushing the reggae music envelope. Big ups to all singers and players of instruments.

Affairs of The Heart – 100% Buju Banton for the Ladies

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This is the another exclusively Buju Banton episode, this time focusing on the subjects of love and relationships.

Episode 28 - Buju for the Ladies

The Reggae Lover Podcast: Episode 28 – Buju for the Ladies

Always a favorite with the female fan-base, Gargamel sets a high lyrical standard with efficient delivery as he sings, chants, and raps to and about the ladies.

Buju Banton Playlist:

1    Affairs of the Heart
2    One to One
3    Make You Mine
4    Good Lookin’ Gal
5    I Wanna Be Loved
6    Love Sponge
7    Don’t Give Way Me Tings
8    Miss Ready Body
9    Can’t Be My Lover
10  Love Me Brownin
11  Love Black Woman
12  If Loving Was A Crime
13  Go If You Want
14  Girl U Know
15  Good Body
16  Try Offa Yuh
17  Buy Love
18  Paid Not Played
19  Champion
20  Gone A Lead
21  Water Man
22  Your Night Tonight
23  It’s All Over
24  Love Haffi Request
25  Be My Love Tonight
26  Love You Like
27  Make My Day
28  Red Rose
29  Sense of Purpose
30  Hush Baby Hush

“Just Can’t Deny” Bunny Rugs of Third World

Produced by Dean Fraser, “Just Can’t Deny” is a powerful lovers rock song that proves Bunny Rugs of Third World has one of the richest voices in Reggae music.  The single is a soulful and emotional journey topped off with a robust riddim.

In Time Album Cover

Bunny Rugs ‘Time’ Album Cover

“There’s no sense in running
I just can’t get away
Cause there’s no escape from love” … JUST CAN’T DENY

PURCHASE ALBUM / DJ’s and Media email: thirdworldmp3@gmail.com / “LIKE” Bunny Rugs on FB

Third World Band In ATL for 50th Ann. of Jamaica’s Independence – Rialto Series

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence, Third World Band, one of the world’s longest-running reggae bands, will bring over three decades of their trademark “cutting-edge, positive, progressive, and internationally relevant” music to the Rialto stage.  Formed in 1973, the group has released 23 albums, amassing 10 GRAMMY nominations and being awarded the 1986 United Nations Peace Medal. Throughout their storied career, they have collaborated with acts ranging from the Jackson 5 to Bob Marley and The Wailers to Stevie Wonder.

This is a Rialto Series performance.

Third World Band Teams Up With Zojak World Wide

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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.

TRACK LIST:

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)

CONTACT INFORMATION

MANAGEMENT AND BOOKINGS

Victor E. Lewis

VicRae Inc.

347-216-6885 (U.S.A)

876-582-3970 (Jamaica)

Skype: VicRaeInc.

vicraeinc@gmail.com

MEDIA/PUBLICITY

Triple 7 Entertainment LLC

201-981-6960 (U.S.A)

876-475-5841 (Jamaica)

media@triple7entllc.com

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Jetsetting Across the Globe: Third World Band’s 35th Anniversary

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.

Upon their return from Europe, the band will tour the United States and Canada the entire month of August and September.  To view the schedule in its entirety, visit www.thirdworldband.com.

July 9, 2010 Reggaeland Festival Plock, Poland
July 10, 2010 NOWA Reggae 2010 Festival Barcelona
July 17, 2010 Dour Festival Dour, Belgium
July 19, 2010 Might Sounds Festival Czech Republic

OTHER DATES

July 31, 2010 Hanu Reggae Festival Albuquerque, New Mexico
August 1, 2010 Monterey Bay Reggae Festival Monterey, CA
August 5, 2010 Nectar Lounge Seattle, WA
August 6, 2010 Nectar Lounge Seattle, WA
August 7, 2010 The Commodore Ballroom Vancouver, Canada
August 8, 2010 Reggae Rising Humboldt County, CA
August 13, 2010 Midwest Reggae Festival Cleveland, OH
August 14, 2010 Keswick Celebrates Third World Glenside, PA
August 16, 2010 Seacrets Resort Ocean City, MD
August 20, 2010 Sunset @ Kanawha Plaza Richmond, VA
August 21, 2010 St. Barts Music Festival Gustavia, St. Barthelemy
August 22, 2010 28th Annual African World Festival Detroit, MI
November 27, 2010 New Zealand Reggae Festival Auckland, NZ
November 28, 2010 New Zealand Reggae Festival Auckland, NZ
December 27, 2010 Third World and Friends Kingston, JA


MANAGEMENT AND BOOKINGSVictor E. Lewis

VicRae Inc.

347-216-6885              347-216-6885     (U.S.A)

876-582-3970 (Jamaica)

Skype: VicRaeInc.

vicraeinc@gmail.com

MEDIA/PUBLICITY

Triple 7 Entertainment LLC

201-981-6960     (U.S.A)

876-475-5841 (Jamaica)

media@triple7entllc.com

SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES

Air Jamaica

FACEBOOK

WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/THIRDWORLD35THANNIVERSARYTOUR

TWITTER

WWW.TWITTER.COM/THIRDWORLDANNIV

THIRD WORLD BAND WEBSITE

WWW.THIRDWORLDBAND.COM

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THIRD WORLD KICKS OFF THEIR 35TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AT THE JAMAICA JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL

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With smash hits, sold-out tours and inspirational messages, the Third World Band will kick into a high gear the celebration of their milestone Anniversary.  The Reggae Ambassadors will officially launch a year-long celebration at the 2010 Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival on Saturday, January 30th in Trelawny, Jamaica.

Celebrating 35 years in the industry, Third World – one of the longest running Reggae band – is an institution that produces and performs music that is cutting edge, positive, progressive and internationally relevant. Formed in 1973, the group has released a total of 22 albums as well as solo projects from Lead Singer Bunny Rugs and Guitarist Cat Coore.  This does not include their new unreleased album entitled “Patriots” which will be released in early 2010.  They have received numerous awards, including an Award in 2009 from Brooklyn Academy of Music (“BAM”), the 1986 “United Nations Peace Medal,” 1992 and 1996 Jamaica Music Industry Awards for Best Show Band and 10 Grammy nominations.  Additionally, the group has worked and collaborated with top acts such as the Jackson Five, Bob Marley and The Wailers and Stevie Wonder.

On January 30, 2010, Third World will add yet another accomplishment to their already impressive resume as the Group is slated to share the main stage with chart topping acts such as Grammy winning R&B crooner Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and Erykah Badu along with Gladys Knight, Billy Ocean, The Whispers, Joss Stone, Monty Alexander, Joe Roy Jackson and the Queens Project featuring Tamia, Kelly Price and Deborah Cox. Patrons can expect to see the Third World Band perform international hit singles and fan favorites such as “Now That We’ve Found Love,” “96 Degrees in the Shade,” “Try Jah Love,” and “Sense of Purpose.”

Turn-Key Productions 14th staging of the Jazz and Blues festival, which is known for attracting thousands of patrons and media outlets from the United States, Europe and the Caribbean, is being sponsored by the Jamaica Tourist Board, Air Jamaica, Iberostar, Rose Hall Resort and Spa, CVM TV and the Gleaner Company.  As stated by Richard Daley, Bass player and original member, “It is a great honor for us to perform at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival.  It is the perfect event for us to kick-off our year-long 35thAnniversary celebration.”

Prior to their performance on Saturday night, Third World Band will be hosting a Press Conference on Friday, January 29, 2010.  During the press conference, the Group will announce upcoming performances and plans for an international tour.  The venue, along with the time, will be announced at a later date.  Until then, all media inquiries should be directed to Triple 7 Entertainment LLC by calling (201) 981-6960 USA(876) 475-5841 Jamaica or emailmedia@triple7entllc.com.

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Big Bands of Reggae

Highlanda.net:

“Nothing compares to being in a venue where a reggae band is performing live.  The rumble of the bass lines surround you in a warm embrace and you can’t help but to rock and skank as you are transported to another realm and higher level of consciousness.  This describes the effects of the power that live reggae musicians have over the masses.”


Third World

Third World is a Grammy nominated Jamaican reggae band formed in 1973. Their sound is influenced by soul, funk and disco. 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. Here is a Third World performing “Now That We Found Love:”
This song brought them to the attention of Stevie Wonder, who worked with them and wrote (along with Melody A. McCully) their song “Try Jah Love.” This band still records and tours to this day so definitely check them out if they come to a venue near you. Visit Third World online at http://www.thirdworldband.com/

Inner Circle

This Jamaican reggae group was formed in 1968 by the brothers Ian and Roger Lewis in Jamaica. The band released its debut album in 1974 on the famed record label, Trojan Records, and resigned in 1979 to Island Records, where the internationally successful album Everything Is Great originated. They are responsible for the 1989 song “Bad Boys,” which serves as the theme song for Fox Network’s long-running television program COPS. Here is Inner Circle with “Bad Boys:”
Jacob Miller, the frontman and lead singer, was killed in a car crash on March 23, 1980. The band appeared in the reggae cult film Rockers in 1978. Their second American hit, reaching #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1993 was “Sweat (A La La La La Long)”, which was a #3 hit in the UK. Here is Inner Circle with “Sweat:”

Steel Pulse
Steven Huey reports, “Generally a protest-minded Rastafarian outfit, Steel Pulse started out playing authentic roots reggae with touches of jazz and Latin music, and earned a substantial audience among white U.K. punks as well. Their 1978 debut, Handsworth Revolution, is still regarded by many critics as a landmark and a high point of British reggae. As the ’80s wore on, slick synthesizers and elements of dance and urban R&B gradually crept into their sound, even as their subject matter stayed on the militant side. By the late ’80s, Steel Pulse had won a Grammy and were working full-fledged crossover territory, but never reached the same degree of commercial acceptance as Aswad or Inner Circle. They subsequently returned to a tough-minded, rootsy sound that nonetheless made concessions to contemporary trends with touches of dancehall and hip-hop.” Here is Steel Pulse performing “Rally Round:”
In 1993 they performed at Bill Clinton’s inaugural celebration, the first reggae band to appear at such an event. Visit Steel Pulse’s website for more.

Aswad
From Vh1: “Aswad was arguably Britain’s most successful reggae band, in terms of both popularity and longevity. Critical opinion on their body of work is often divided; some hail their early material as the greatest roots reggae Britain ever produced, while others find their later pop-crossover phase more distinctive and unique, even at the expense of authenticity. Regardless, Aswad’s ability to adapt themselves to the changing times — new musical trends, shifting personnel — was ultimately the driving force behind their decades-long career.”
Aswad was often hired as backing musicians for touring Jamaican stars: Bob Marley, Burning Spear, Dennis Brown, and Black Uhuru.