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Third World for Groovin'

Sunday, May 12, 2019

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It has been confirmed that reggae ambassadors Third World has been added to the line-up for Groovin' In The Park, the annual reggae festival held in New York.

The renowned reggae band which is celebrating 45 years in the music industry joins a strong line-up of acts for the event which is slated for June 30 at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens.

The organisers are thrilled to have them join the roster of the event which has become a staple on the entertainment calendar for reggae fans in that area of North America.

“We are excited to have Reggae ambassadors Third World on Groovin' In The Park 2019 as we celebrate our ninth anniversary and they celebrate 45 years in the industry. Fans are gonna love this addition to the stellar line that includes Michael Bolton, Beres Hammond, Sizzla and radio host Sir David Rodigan. New York is a second home for the group having played here on so many historic occasions including the sold out MTV Amnesty International Concert that took place at Giant Stadium in 1986,” said Anthony Turner, publicist for the event.

“The group is one of the iconic groups out of Jamaica that has incorporated reggae, R&B, funk, pop, dancehall and rap in their music. The group is an institution in reggae, have performed to thousands of music lovers on 6 continents and having worked with music legends like Bono, The Jackson 5, Sting, Whitney Houston, Lauryn Hill, Carlos Santana and master blaster Stevie Wonder. In fact, the very time I saw the group perform live was at Reggae Sunsplash where they shared stage with Stevie and reggae legend Robert Nesta Marley whom they recorded and toured with. The music has come full circle for Third World as they are getting ready to release their new album which ironically is produced by Marley's son Damian “Jr Gong” Marley, he continued.

Meanwhile, Groovin' In The Park has been rated among the 'Top 10 Reggae Festivals in the USA” by Festicket.com, the world's largest community website for music festivals with over 1,000 music events on their watch list.

Among the other festivals rated in the top ten were the 35-year-old Reggae on the River concert (California); 9 Mile Music Festival in Miami also known as The Marley Fest; Reggae in the Desert (Las Vegas); the two-day Roots on 66 (California); Reggae Rise Up (Florida); Ithaca Reggae Festival (Ithaca, New York); One Love Cali Reggae Fest (California) and Best Of The Best Music Fest (Miami).

“I am thrilled that Groovin' In The Park has received a top 10 designation” said Christopher Roberts, founder and CEO of Groovin Inc said. “It is a testament to the hard work we have put in for the past nine years. I can say with certainty that based on phone calls, e-mails and feedback we receive daily on our social media platforms, we know Groovin' fans are in love with the festival and the artists we present each year, and our attendees are also very loyal to our sponsoring brands,” Roberts continued.

Groovin' In The Park, North America's premier reggae and R&B festival provides an eclectic array of popular music, catering to a very diverse audience. The festival typically attracts over 20,000 music lovers. Among the A-list entertainers who have performed at the festival in the past are Air Supply, Patti Labelle, TGT, Boyz II Men, Gladys Knight, Peabo Bryson, Jimmy Cliff, Toots and the Maytals, Beres Hammond, Busy Signal, Steel Pulse and others.

— Richard Johnson


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