Reflections on Bunny Ruggs the voice from the heavens

Reflections on Bunny Ruggs the voice from the heavens

By Jason Walker

Bunny Ruggs

                I must have been around 6 years old when I first heard the silky voice that was the lead singer of one of the greatest and talented bands to ever play music, Third World. Bunny Rugs became the signature voice that represented a band that became synonymous with excellence, quality and international stardom.

                Rugs’ voice was perfect for the type of music that Third World was presenting, that spanned over 3 decades when he was the lead singer. Ruggs was not the only lead singer during the existence of Third World; however he was the longest and most identifiable of all the lead singers. His contribution to Caribbean culture with his fantastic execution of being the front man of the highly talented group of Cat Coore, Richard Daley, Ibo Cooper, Willie Stewart and all the other talented musicians who spent some time working with  Third World.

                Rugs’ silky voice has endured over 30 years, since 1976, whether it be “96 degrees” or “Now That We Found Love” to “Sense of Purpose” to his solo hit “Land We Love”. The world has lost an amazingly powerful voice that comes from Reggae royalty. Bunny Rugs comes from the greatest generation of Reggae artists that gave us Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and the Wailers, Jacob Miller and Inner Circle, Dennis Brown and many more. Ruggs who shares February 6th as a birthday has been great addition to the pantheon of Reggae Legends.

                On February 2 2014 Rugs transitioned on and left us to join the other great singers who have passed on. Fortunately he lives on in great music. With Third World Rugs had many hits and well deserved awards over the years. The Band was known for bringing various forms of music together in one song, it could Reggae, R&B, Disco, Hip Hop, High Life Music, Nyabinghi, Dancehall or any other form of music, the band created some of the most enduring music of quality.

Rugs leaves behind a wife and eight children.

1976 THIRD WORLD PERFORMANCE OF “NOW THAT WE FOUND LOVE”


 

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