On Saturday, January 29, 2011, Third World will launch their album at Love City Live, a reggae concert on the island of St. John, USVI. The festival will feature events across the island beginning on January 21, 2011 and conclude on January 30, 2011. Love City Live will not only host the launch of Third World’s 23rd album “Patriots” but will also feature a full concert on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 8 pm at the Winston Wells Ball Field.
In 2010, the Grammy nominated band kicked into high gear their yearlong Anniversary celebration of over three decades in the business (37 years as a group) at the 14th staging of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival. The celebration continued with performances in the United States, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean.
In addition to celebrating their milestone anniversary, the band also released their 23rd album, “Patriots.” Produced by Third World Music Group, the 13 track album features songs such as 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 Degrees In the Shade(a remake of the band’s classic featuring Stephen and Damian Marley). The album also features, Toots Hibbert, Sly Dumbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Dean Frazier, Inner Circle, Mykal Rose, Jessica Yapp (on violin), Junior Reid, Capleton and Tarrus Riley.
Prior to the release of the album, the band released singles, “Spirit Lives,” a dedication to the people of Haiti and “By My Side” featuring Tessanne Chin. The video for By My Side, which was 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, was also released.