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Third World offers version of 'YimMasGan'

Published:Wednesday | June 17, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Ghetto Youths International’s artistes, Wayne Marshall (left) and Black-Am-I, at Third World’s ‘YimMasGan’ video preview party, recently. The single was produced by Damian Marley.
Cat Coore (left) and Cindy Breakspeare, share lens time during the preview party for Third World’s ‘YimMasGan’ video, recently, at Triple Century Sports Bar.

Celebrating over 40 years in music, one of the most pivotal reggae bands of all time, Third World, has officially released their first major song of the year, YimMasGan, on Ghetto Youths International.

Ahead of its release, Third World treated the media and friends to a preview of the music video for YimMasGan, through a viewing party on Thursday, June 11 at Chris Gayle's Triple Century Sports Bar. The party hosted by Cindy Breakspeare, mother of Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley, was supported by Ghetto Youths International artistes, Wayne Marshall and Black-Am-I, as well as one of reggae's greats, Tony Rebel, among others. American actor and film director, David Arquette, also came out in support of Third World's newest project.

The video for the single produced by Damian Marley, was directed by Jamaica's Ras Kassa and is a fresh take on the 1974 original track by The Abyssinians. Yim mas gan means, let him be praised in the ancient Ethiopian Amharic language. This single joins Satta Massagana, as songs covered by Third World, originally done the Abyssinians. Satta Massagana, was released in 1975 on Chris Blackwell's Island Records.


full circle


Founding member of Third World, Cat Coore, said, "this song is almost as if we have come full circle. When we recorded Satta Massagana, it was one of our very first recordings. In fact, it was the lead song on our first self-titled album. This song is giving praise and thanks to the most high Jah Rastafari for his presence, ever-guiding hand and inspirational vibration that we all feel within the Rasta community. Recording this song with Jr Gong makes it even more special to us. With Damian's production skills mixed with his musicians that helped create the song, we feel it is one of the best covers not just done by Third World, but ever done by anyone."


Like a prayer


Richard Daley of Third World adds, "the record has a lot of meaning to Third World because its giving praises to Ethiopia and the King. The writing of the Abyssinians music was so spiritually high, that it is like a prayer. It is like a chant and we just connect with it. Also, Damian Marley adding his touch to the whole thing brings a new light to the music and its meaning."

And for Damian, he says, "I'm honoured to be working with some of my musical heroes. Third World has played a great role in my development as an artiste and I'm proud to be a part of their latest project."

With 10 Grammy nominations, sold-out tours worldwide, a loyal fan base and a catalogue of Top 40 Billboard charted smash hits - including Now That We Found Love and 96 Degrees in the Shade - Third World has been one of, if not the, most consistently successful reggae bands. Third World's reggae fusion style mixes R&B, funk, pop, rock, dancehall and hip hop into the genre, making them one of Jamaica's most consistently popular crossover acts among international audiences.

The band has toured and worked with the late great Bob Marley (including opening for Marley's first world tour in 1978), Stevie Wonder (who produced two of their albums in the '80s released with CBS), Santana and Jackson 5 (opening for their first concert in Jamaica). They have also shared the stage with the likes of Bono of U2, Sting, The Police, Whitney Houston, Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill, Jimmy Buffett, Eric Clapton and Marc Anthony and TV performances on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Show with David Letterman, Arsenio Hall Show and many more.