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July 24, 2000 - Image 11

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Third World brings 25 y

By Christian Hoard
Daily Arts Writer
If Third World isn't one of the best-
known reggae bands of all time, they've
certainly had the most staying power.
The Kingston,
Jamaica quintet
are touring and
Third recording almost
as much these
World days as when they
Magic Bag opened for Bob
Tuesday at 8 p.m. Marley two
decades ago, and
when these self-
described "reggae
ambassadors" stop
by the Magic Bag
on Tuesday, they'll
have 25 years
worth of genre-
r'ing, pop-reggae hits in tow.
Third World formed in 1973 when
uitartst Stephen "Cat" Coore and key-

boardist Michael "Ibo" Cooper teamed
up in their native Kingston. From the
beginning, Third World set themselves
apart from the majority of Jamaican reg-
gae bands: Where most groups were
made up of self-taught provincials,Third
World were comprised of middle-class
kids with conservatory training, dazzling
audiences with their professionalism and
After Island Records released the
group's self-titled debut in 1975, Third
World found themselves opening for
Bob Marley on his U.K. tour that sum-
mer. On their next two albums, 1977's
"96 Degrees in the Shade" and 1978's
"Journey to Addis," Third World crossed
genres and widened their fan base,
thanks largely to hits like the pop and
R&B-inflected remake of the O-Jays'
"Now That We Found Love" Though
their albums sold well in both the U.S.
and the U.K., the group, tired of playing
second-fiddle to Marley's Wailers,
decided to switch record labels, signing


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a The Michigan Daily - Monday Julya 24, 2OO-' 11
ears of experience to Magic Bag
ued to carve out a place for themselves in
the reggae pantheon. The group was an
early promoter of dub poetry and helped
popularize dance hall reggae, a reggae
l sub-genre which, like a good deal of
what Third World recorded during the
eighties, relies heavily on electronic
instruments and pre-recorded grooves.
In recent years, Third World has returned
to their roots with a number of best-of
collections (most notably the excellent
"Reggae Ambassadors" compilation)
even while they've continued to break
new ground, mining American hip-hop,
soul and funk for new material.
Courtesy of Third World The. current incarnation of Third
World will groove at the Magic Bag this Tuesday. Jah Irle riddim, brah. World, which finds Coore joined by
guitarist-keyboardist Rupert Bent, key-
olumbia in 1980. fallen singer. The following year, the boardist Leroy "Baarbe" Romans and
as Marley's death, however, that group released the Wonder-penned "Try drummer Tony "ruption" Williams, are
ht Third World together with Jah Love" a rastafari anthem on par with touring in support of last year's "Arise
Wonder, who joined-the group Marley's "One Love." in Harmony." The group will be joined
e at the Reggae Sunsplash Festival Since the mid-1980s, Third World's on Tuesday by Ali Baba's Tahini, an
uummerof 1981 foraperformance commercial viability in the States has eclectic, Zappa-influenced jam band
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