All set for Third World and Fam­ily ‘Un­der the Stars’

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT - Shere­ita Griz­zle Gleaner Writer en­ter­tain­ment@glean­

LEG­ENDARY REG­GAE band Third World is putting the fi­nal touches on Third World and Fam­ily Un­der the Stars, a ben­e­fit con­cert they have dubbed ‘the event of the sea­son’.

Set for Hope Zoo on De­cem­ber 2, the event is al­ready shap­ing up to be a big one.

“It’s re­ally four hours full of mu­sic with Third World on stage through­out the night,” said Heather Cameron, band man­ager. “It’s go­ing to be five dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tions of artistes from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s up to the 2000s. We’re go­ing to be rep­re­sent­ing five decades of mu­sic in one night.”

Chronixx, Toots, Big Youth, Tony Rebel, Fred­die McGre­gor, Jesse Royal, Se­vana, up-and­com­ing band 6 Points, and Cau­sion, are just a few of the artistes in the line-up.

Al­though Third World is an Mem­bers of Third World Band gather around a mi­cro­phone play­ing per­cus­sion in­stru­ments on the 2015 Wel­come to Jam­rock Reg­gae Cruise.

in­te­gral part of this year’s stag­ing of the event, they were just per­form­ers last year, but af­ter see­ing how suc­cess­ful the event was, the band de­cided to part­ner with Stush Rootz, the team re­spon­si­ble for plan­ning and ex­e­cut­ing last year’s edi­tion of the event.

“We did the show with them last year and we en­joyed what we did, so we de­cided to carry it to a dif­fer­ent level,” Cat Coore of Third World ex­plained. “Third World hasn’t had its Third World and Friends show for quite a few years, and it was quite pop­u­lar, so this year, we de­cided to team up with them to help out two char­i­ties, Chil­dren First and Al­li­ga­tor Head, which is the char­ity that Third World is as­so­ci­ated with.”

Coore went on to say that the event, be­ing hosted in aid of dif­fer­ent char­i­ties, was also one of the main rea­sons be­hind the band’s de­ci­sion to part­ner.


The Sun­day Gleaner spoke with Kanna Coore, a mem­ber of Stush Rootz, who ex­plained that char­ity is a big part of their or­gan­i­sa­tion. She also said that the aim of the an­nual con­cert is to help a new char­ity ev­ery year but pointed out that the char­ity must aid chil­dren in some way.

Last year, Stush Rootz (the par­ent group that leads the Reach Acad­emy De­vel­op­ment and Out­reach Pro­gramme) was able to raise suf­fi­cient funds to gift the Jacks Hill In­fant and Pri­mary School with new kitchen ap­pli­ances, as well as school books for Kinder­garten to Grade 3. This year, the con­cert will ben­e­fit Chil­dren First and the Al­li­ga­tor Head Foun­da­tion.

Chil­dren First is an or­gan­i­sa­tion based in Span­ish Town that uses skills train­ing, re­me­dial ed­u­ca­tion, and de­vel­op­men­tal ap­proaches to pro­vide life-chang­ing pro­grammes for chil­dren and ado­les­cents. Al­li­ga­tor Head Foun­da­tion is a pri­vate foun­da­tion es­tab­lished to man­age the East Port­land Spe­cial Fish­ery Con­ser­va­tion Area to pro­mote the de­vel­op­ment of sus­tain­able liveli­hoods and the use of art, mu­sic, and other cul­tural ex­pres­sion as a tool in en­vi­ron­men­tal con­ser­va­tion.

Tick­ets for the con­cert will cost $5,000 a piece and are avail­able at Pita Grill, CPJ, Can­non­ball (Sov­er­eign North and Manor Park), Fon­tana (Kingston, Ocho Rios, Mon­tego Bay), Tex­aco Mary Brown’s Cor­ner, Reach Acad­emy, Build­ing Blocks, and on­line at stush­ The con­cert is ex­pected to get un­der way at 8 p.m. sharp.


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