Raw Edge Productions
March 29, 2011
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Possibly the most distinctive voice in international reggae music, Bunny Rugs (born William Clark) is largely responsible for creating the irrefutable Third World sound.
Originally from Manchester, Jamaica, Rugs worked with a few small Kingston bands before migrating to New York late in 1968. He quickly established himself as a strong, soulful singer. Within four months of arriving, he had a Brooklyn gig that lasted a year until he hooked up with the famous Inner Circle Band from 1970-1972, as their lead singer. During this time he released two singles, an early 70's cover of a Bobby Womack song called "Harry Hippie" and "Sweet Caroline" in 1972.
In 1976, Third World went on their first US tour and they played at a club in the Village called The Bottom Line. Rugs went to hear them play. At the gig he met Third World founding member Cat Coore, (also a former member of Inner Circle), who welcomed him into the band as a replacement for their lead singer named "Prilly". The two developed a mutual respect and working relationship that was to stand them in good stead in the years to come as Third World reigned on the international reggae scene. Bunny Rugs himself has released 4 solo albums and a 5th album entitled "Time" is scheduled for release in the summer of 2011.
This "Time" EP, available on digital platforms from May 2011, is a good teaser for the upcoming full album. It features 3 worthwhile tunes, which fully showcase Bunny Rugs' acclaimed vocal skills and abilities. The solid self-penned "Love Is Blind" -- a song about a woman heartbreaker, fi di man dem -- comes across Sly & Robbie's dub influenced "Tune In" riddim and has been produced by Lowell "Sly" Dunbar, Robert "Robbie" Shakespeare, and Rory Baker. It's followed by the gorgeous "Just Can't Deny", a track written by Richard "Bello" Bell of Star Trail fame and produced by musical genius Dean Fraser. Bunny Rugs' smooth melodic vocal delivery perfectly suits the lovers rock groove of the riddim. Bunny Rugs recorded the socio-political "Kurfew" after Jamaica's 2010 Tivoli Gardens uprising that gained global media attention. It shows that he's also capable of delivering a good reality song. The theme of "Kurfew" -- produced by Mikey Bennett and Bunny Rugs himself -- is a true reflection of the civil unrest and crisis worldwide.
Do check it out and enjoy!