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Reggae Ambassadors Third World Biography

Smashing hits, sold-out tours and inspirational messages, the 10 time Grammy nominated band, Third World, kicked into high gear the celebration of their milestone Anniversary (37 years as a group) in 2010. The Reggae Ambassadors celebrated with performances in the United States, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean.

They began the year-long anniversary celebration at the 14th Annual Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival. Prior to their performance, the media fraternity was invited to a press conference hosted by the Riu Hotel and moderated by Pat McKay of Sirius Satellite Radio. The band shared information about the "Anniversary project" and the anticipated release of their 23rd album, "Patriots."

"PATRIOTS" Executive Produced by Third World Music Group - the band's newly formed label, features collaborations with Toots Hibbert, Marcia Griffiths, the late Gregory Isaacs, Sly Dumbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Dean Fraser, Inner Circle, Mykal Rose, Junior Reid, Capleton, Stephen & Damian Marley, Tarrus Riley and Tessanne Chin. The album also features tracks such as like Front Door (featuring the late, great Gregory Isaacs), You Made Me So Very Happy (a cover of Alton Ellis' timeless hit featuring Marcia Griffiths), By My Side (featuring Tessanne Chin), Good Hearted People (feat. Capleton), and 96 Degrees In the Shade (a remake of the band's classic featuring Stephen and Damian Marley).

Prior to the release of the album, the band released singles, "Spirit Lives", a dedication to the people of Haiti and "By My Side" featuring Tessanne Chin. The video for By My Side, which was directed by Adrian Allen, features Robert Townsend's popular online series "Diary of a Single Mom" starring Monica Calhoun, Valery Ortiz, Janice Lynde, Richard Roundtree, Billy Dee Williams and Leon, was also released.

The album is available on digital outlets such as iTunes, Amazon and thirdworlddigistore.com. Additionally, through distribution with Universal, VP Records and Ernie B. Records, the album can also be purchased through major retail outlets such as Best Buy, FYE, J&R Music, Sam Goody and Newbury Comics.

One of the longest running Reggae bands, the group was formed in 1973 and has since released a total of 23 albums as well as solo projects from Lead Singer Bunny Rugs and Guitarist Stephen Cat Coore. They have received numerous awards, including most recent New York City Ambassador Award in November 2009 at Brooklyn Academy of Music ("BAM"), the 1986 "United Nations Peace Medal," 1992 and 1996 Jamaica Music Industry Awards for Best Show Band. International hit singles include: the cover version of Gamble & Huff's, "Now That We've Found Love," "96 Degrees in the Shade," "Cool Meditation," "Dancing on the Floor," "Try Jah Love," written by Stevie Wonder, "Sense of Purpose," "Forbidden Love," "Reggae Ambassador," "Committed," and "Reggae Party." Additionally, the group has worked and collaborated with top acts such as the Jackson Five, Bob Marley and The Wailers and Stevie Wonder.

As Third World continues their journey in 2011, the band will kick-off their tour with an album launch at Love City Live Festival in St. John, United States Virgin Islands on January 29, 2011. Thereafter, they will travel to Jamaica for a performance at the Palmyra Foundation Charity Event at the Palmyra Resort and Spa in Montego Bay. With performances scheduled in Key West and Miramar, Florida, the Caribbean, Africa, Europe and Hawaii thus far, the band will plan and execute several album launches during scheduled performances promoting the album and connecting with their fans.

Selasee & The Fa Fa Family Biography

Born and raised in Ghana West Africa, Selasee’s pursuit of music eventually led him to Boulder, Colorado, where he currently lives. Selasee’s music is a unique blend of Reggae, West African Highlife and American Pop music. Bright with color, his music threads together English and West African lyrics for a captivating sound.

As a young child in Accra, Ghana, Selasee realized his passion for music and understood at this early age how music can affect people. Selasee developed his musical talents through school and church. From his involvement with church music groups, Selasee formed a gospel group. Selasee recorded his first two albums with this group in 1997 and 1998. He also recorded another album with his African Pop group in 1997, the group know as "Makuma".

Selasee continued to follow the music all the way to Boulder, where he began his solo career in 2003. During this time, Selasee also started working with Running Dreams Records with Sean Cassidy acting as his manager. In 2005, Selasee recorded his debut album as a solo artist, entitled “Run.”

His title track “Run” won first place in the World Music genre of the International Song Writers Competition in 2005. “Run” and another track “Makuma” were featured in the 2006 FIFA Soccer and 2007 Cricket video games by EA Sports. In 2006, Selasee performed at a showcase during MIDEM 2006 in Nice, France and MUSEXPO 2006 in Los Angeles, California. In 2009 he won the "Best World Fusion Song" during the Independent Music Awards.

Selasee has opened for reggae legends like Don Carlos, Barrington Levy ,King Yellowman,and Steel Pulse, and keeps busy playing at local venues and festivals around Boulder and Denver and western United States,where he can connect with people who love his music.

Recently, Selasee finished recording his latest album named “African Gate.” With 10 new tracks, ranging from complex and uplifting to sad and beautiful, this recording marks an evolution in Selasee’s sound. Selasee says of his new album, “I think this record has a lot of depth…true highs and lows that I hope people who listen will feel.”

“Humility is power!”