Third World: Hawai‘i loves their sound

After 35 years of performing reggae music, Third World is more than just one of the top reggae bands; it’s an institution — an institution that stands for producing and performing music that, while holding firm to the cultural and ancestral roots of its members, still pushes forward the cutting edge of music worldwide.

Third World has been nominated for nine — count ‘em! — Grammys, as well. They have toured through Hawai‘i more than 20 times over the past 30-odd years they’ve been playing.

They know these islands love their sound, as well as their message of love, harmony and peace. Their themes are positive, progressive and internationally relevant.

Formed in 1973, Third World is committed to the excellence of reggae music by combining Jamaican reggae and folk music with strains of African Rhythms, American pop, rhythm & blues, rap and classical music.

After over three decades, Third World is one of the longest-running and most diverse bands Jamaica has ever produced.

They have more than 20 CDs out there and they are promoting their latest release on this tour. What holds them together? The desire to give back to the world, and to support life saving charities like the Jamaican Children’s Heart Fund.

  Third World is appearing Friday night at the Kuhio Lounge at the Aston Aloha Beach Hotel in Kapa‘a.

Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. You can get advance tickets by calling 823-6000 or going to 

The doors open at 8 p.m. with two opening acts. The show starts at 9 p.m., and you must be 21 or older with ID.


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