With a recent tour in New Zealand with performances in Tauranga, Auckland, Wellington and Napier, Third World returns home to prepare for their 2011 European summer tour. The tour will begin on Saturday, June 25th with a performance at the Afro-Latino Festival in Belgium. On Sunday, June 26th the band will not only perform at the Afrique-Carib Festival in Almere, Netherlands but will participate in Holland’s 2nd Steel Pan Panorama competition called, When Steel Talks. . .Everyone Listens – Junior Panorama Knock Out. Dean Pond, the band’s sound engineer, and Stephen “Cat” Coore will be a part of the jury for the competition.
No strangers to Europe, the band regards it as “home away from home,” they will continue to wind their way through Europe, performing and premiering singles from their 23rd album Patriots at festivals and clubs in Holland, Vienna, Italy, Spain and France. Richard Daley remarks, “Traveling to Europe every summer has become a tradition. Our fans look forward to seeing us every year. And having the opportunity year after year to perform at some of the biggest festivals is truly a honor. And with the release of Patriots, it allows us to give the fans something new – which will be very exciting for us.”
Patriots, which was released on Jan 25, 2011, has been featured on CNN, Billboard charts, Billboard Biz, NY1, Jamaica Observer and The Gleaner, among others. Executive Produced by Third World Music Group and co-produced by Dean Pond of Rymshot Productions, the album features artists such as the late Gregory Isaacs, Marcia Griffiths, Tessanne Chin, Capleton, Stephen and Damian Marley. Patriots also features, Toots Hibbert, Sly Dumbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Dean Frazier, Tarrus Riley, Inner Circle, Mykal Rose, Jessica Yapp (on violin), and Junior Reid.
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 band’s summer schedule include the following performances:
Belgium – June 25, 2011: 13th Edition Afro Latino Festival
The Netherlands – June 26, 2011: Festival Afrique Carib
Amsterdam – July 1, 2011: The Keti Koti Festival
The Netherlands – July 2, 2011: THIRD WORLD Live at Bolwerk
Italy – July 3, 2011: Venice Sunsplash Chioggia
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
The Netherlands – July 31, 2011: Amsterdam Reggae Festival