BUNNY

Bunny Rugs’ song re­leased ahead of OD award to­day Gre­gory Isaacs, Shabba, Mutabaruka, Chris Chin also to be hon­oured

Jamaica Gleaner - - EN­TER­TAIN­MENT - Cur­tis Campbell Gleaner Writer

FOR­MER THIRD World lead singer Wil­liam ‘Bunny Rugs’ Clark will be posthu­mously awarded with the Or­der of Dis­tinc­tion (OD) in the rank of of­fi­cer by the Ja­maican Govern­ment to­day and, as a part of the cel­e­bra­tion of the icon’s life, vet­eran record la­bel Young Vet­eran Records is set to re­lease a brand new Bunny Rugs sin­gle ti­tled Let’s Pray.

The record fea­tures Lu­ciano and was in­com­plete at the time of his death. How­ever, hav­ing in­vested time in the pro­duc­tion process, Young Vet­eran pro­ducer Shel­don Pen­ni­cott be­lieves that given the on­go­ing cel­e­bra­tion of Bunny Rugs’ con­tri­bu­tion to the mu­sic in­dus­try, the at­mos­phere is right for the re­lease of the fi­nal cut of Let’s Pray.

“The song wasn’t com­plete. We planned to use Lu­ciano and we never got around to voic­ing him, but, as they say, good things never hap­pen be­fore it’s time. With time, we be­came more sea­soned pro­duc­ers and were able to give the pro­duc­tion the time it needed,” he told The Gleaner. The pro­ducer also re­called work­ing with the late icon, high­light­ing that he was a per­fec­tion­ist. He also ex­pressed that Bunny Rugs is ex­tremely de­serv­ing of the ac­co­lades. “It was great. His ded­i­ca­tion to per­fec­tion was re­ally in­cred­i­ble. It was a good learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. It’s im­por­tant to cel­e­brate his life be­cause cel­e­brat­ing him means we both cel­e­brate his mem­ory as well as his life achieve­ments. Mr Rugs’ con­tri­bu­tions as a lead singer in Third World and as a solo artiste were end­less. His sound was unique and well loved,” he said. The pro­ducer also dis­closed that aside from Let’s Pray, he has other songs for Bunny Rugs since they worked to­gether for sev­eral years. Fans of the icon may pur­chase Let’s Pray on on­line out­lets like iTunes and Ama­zon. Young Vet­er­ans will also re­lease an al­bum ti­tled Rhatid in 2017, and that pro­ject will also fea­ture Bunny Rugs’ Let’s Pray. “He and his group, Third World, along with many others, have paved a plat­form for Ja­maican artistes and pro­duc­ers who are cre­at­ing

reg­gae mu­sic. Bunny Rugs is a pioneer in the in­dus­try and will be for­ever missed,” he said.

The late Gre­gory Isaacs also made the cut for this year’s na­tional hon­ours, along with Shabba Ranks, Mutabaruka and Chris Chin of VP Records. Brother and for­mer man­ager of Gre­gory Isaacs, the out­spo­ken

Ruddy Isaacs, told The Gleaner that the Night Nurse singer would have been proud of the mo­ment. He also pro­claimed Gre­gory Isaacs to be the real ‘king of lovers rock’.

“Him would be more than happy. Mi si man weh come up inna di ’90s get OD, and Gre­gory been singing from 1968, so him de­serve it. Him is the right­ful king of lovers rock and was the first to coin the name in Eng­land,” he said.

Gre­gory Isaacs’ widow, June Isaacs, is set to rep­re­sent the icon at the cer­e­mony to be held at King’s House to­day.

“I feel happy and proud. I have been to shows with him and it is al­ways a plea­sure to see how the au­di­ence re­sponds to his mu­sic. He is al­ways pro­fess­ing love through his mu­sic, and fans, es­pe­cially women, are al­ways drawn to that,” she said.

CON­TRIB­UTED

Wil­liam ‘Bunny Rugs’ Clarke, for­mer lead singer of Third World.

MUTABARUKA

SHABBA RANKS

GRE­GORY ISAACS

CHRIS CHIN

FILE

Stephen ‘Cat’ Coore (left), Richard Da­ley (cen­tre) and Wil­liam ‘Bunny Rugs’ Clarke in per­for­mance.

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