Third World, Inner Circle: Legends of Reggae

September 6, 2011, 7:02 PM HST · Updated September 7, 3:42 PM
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By Madeline M. Ziecker

Legendary Jamaican reggae bands Third World and Inner Circle will headline Maui’s 3rd Annual Maui Massive One World Festival at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Sunday, November 6th at 4 p.m. The concert will be held in the Yokouchi Pavilion/ A&B Amphitheater at the MACC.

Third World. Photo courtesy of the MACC.

Third World was formed in 1973 and, over a 35 year span, has become one of the most recognized reggae bands hailing from Jamaica. The band is known for their unique musical blends of Jamaican reggae and folk  with strains of African rhythms, American pop, rhythm & blues, rap and classical music. Third World continues to perform with six members, three of whom are original band members. Some of Third World‘s hits include: “Now That We’ve Found Love” and “Try Jah Love.”

Sounds like: Classic reggae beats mixed with the lyrical styles of folk, pop, blues, rap and R&B.

Inner Circle. Photo courtesy of the MACC.

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Anyone who has listened to the local music stations on Maui in the last year has heard Inner Circle‘s 1992 hit “Sweat” (A La La La La Long). Inner Circle, also originally from Jamaica, came on the scene in 1974 with four members. The band released the extremely catchy “Bad Boys” in 1987, popular from the TV show COPS. Today, the band consists of five members, Ian Lewis (bass, vocals), Jr. Jazz (vocals, guitar), Bernard Harvey (keyboard, vocals), Lancelot Hall (drums), and Roger Lewis (guitar, vocals).  Inner Circle also currently runs the popular Circle House recording studio in Miami.

Sounds like: Old school reggae mixed with modern hip hop.

True reggae fans are highly advised to attend. Ticket sales began on Friday, September 2nd. Buy tickets by calling (808) 242-SHOW or by visiting MauiArts.org.

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