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Fortunate Youth’s All-Ages Reggae Shows Breathe Life Into the Band

Fortunate Youth, a six-piece reggae outfit from the South Bay, know just how lucky they are. While “fortunate” may be an obvious descriptor for guys who get to travel the country playing reggae, the “youth” part has gained more significance as five years of recording and touring has expanded the group’s positive vibe to a national, all-ages audience.

“We’ve heard from parents throughout the whole country that their 7- and 8-year-olds love our music,” says drummer Jordan Walpole. Read more

Bunny Rugs: Third World frontman became reggae superstar

BUNNY RUGS 1948-2014

Bunny Rugs, the Jamaican singer, was for 35 years the superb front man with the band Third World, deploying a powerfully expressive voice to help the group become one of the world’s most popular reggae acts.

He was born William Clarke in Mandeville on February 6, 1948, but his family moved to the harsh confines of downtown Kingston when he was two. Although his father was a preacher, church music never appealed to William, who was nicknamed “Bunny” because he energetically leaped around at home. Instead, towards the end of his teens, he began singing at the Kittymat Club with the local band Charlie Hackett and the Souvenirs, having observed the group rehearse near his home. Read more

Inner Circle Joins the Line Up of the Rototom Sunsplash Festival August 16th – 23rd, 2014 In Spain

The burly brothers Ian and Roger Lewis along with their extraordinary Jamaican band formed in 1968 with other musicians, some of whom , after a quick spin , end up forming Third World, and still continue to work there as a glorious adventure over forty years in the who have gone through the irresistible reggae and soul of mixture in its beginnings, the unrepeatable period with Jacob Miller on vocals, the crossover albums ” Everything is Great ” and ” New Age Music” , published in Island, and the great successes of the singles ” Bad Boys” and ” Sweat” in 1987 and 1992 , respectively.

In 2009 they invited the brothers Stephen and Damian Marley to participate in its “Smoke gets my eyes ” song on the CD “State of da World” . Ian and Roger still continue in his position in the band and the New York Jazz Junior ranks was once for ‘ Killer’ Miller : the sound of Inner Circle is now powerful and elegant day like in its heyday .