Third World Began European Tour Over The Weekend With Performances In Bree, Belgium And Almere, Netherlands

Third World’s European tour got off to an amazing start with a performance at the Afro-Latino Festival in Bree, Belgium on Saturday, June 25 2011.  The annual Afro-Latino Festival features international and renowned artists from Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and southern Europe. Over a three-day period, guests are entertained by the best music on three stages in large indoor luxury tents equipped with dance floors.  This years’ line-up not only included Third World but also Jamaica’s own, Bushman and Jimmy Cliff.
Fans braved the chilly and misty weather to see the band performed not only their favorite songs but also songs from their new album, Patriots.  Their set included singles “Committed,” “Reggae Ambassadors,” “96 Degrees,” and “Try Jah Love.”  From their new album, they performed singles such as “Spirit Lives,” “Front Door,” “96 Degrees (Remix),” and “Revolutionary People” (for the first time in Europe).  After their performance, the band signed copies of their album for fans and took pictures.  Fans were happy to have a moment to express, in a one on one dialogue, their love of the band and how much they enjoyed their performance.  Band members took their time to sign flags, T-Shirts and flyers.  And were gracious when asked to pose for photos.
On Sunday, June 26, 2011, the band traveled to Almere, Netherlands for their performance at Festival Afrique-Carib.  In addition to Third World, the line-up also included Bushman, Young Cosje, 2Famous – both from Suriname – and Tony Swing from Dominican Republic. Prior to their performance, Third World’s sound engineer and Patriots co-producer, Dean Pond and band member Stephen “Cat” Coore judged Holland’s 2nd Steel Pan Panorama competition called, When Steel Talks. . .Everyone Listens – Junior Panorama Knock Out. The competition included contestants from the UK and Germany.  After announcing the winner, Cat Coore greeted each team to offer words of encouragement and his overall take on their performance.
Thereafter it was lights, camera, music!  To the screams of fans, the group opened their ninety-minute set with “Spirit Lives.”  Throughout the packed outdoor venue, fans danced and sang along with the band.  Children were hoisted on the backs of their parents to get a clear view of the show.  The diverse crowd cheered when drummer Tony “Ruption” Williams delivered his solo djembe performance and Cat Coore’s Cello solo, which included a rendition of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song.”  The cheers from the crowd ushered the band back on stage for an encore performance.
In addition to their performances, Third World has been invited by the “Soapbox” and “No Limit” organizations to conduct a workshop on June 30th.  The organizations are comprised of youngsters from the black neighborhoods of the southeast part of Amsterdam called the Bijlmer, where most people living there have an African, Surinamese and/or Caribbean background.  Both organizations are involved with the Keti Koti Festival and usually arrange debates and seminars that focus on “black arts and culture” as well as “black” social and political issues.  The organizations main focus is to invite those who they deem as positive role models for youths. Recently they had a workshop with the crew and cast of “Fela – The Musical” and they have organized a master class with the well-known Film Director and Producer, Spike Lee.
The tour will continue with performances in Amsterdam – July 1, 2011: The Keti Koti Festival; The Netherlands – July 2, 2011: THIRD WORLD Live at Bolwerk; Spain – July 9, 2011: La Mar de Musicas; Holland – July 14, 2011: Metropool, Hengelo; Holland – July 17, 2011: Zwarte Cross Festival; France – July 29, 2011: Le Garance Reggae Festival; France – July 30, 2011: New Morning Café and The Netherlands – July 31, 2011: Amsterdam Reggae Festival.
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