Lead vocalist of reggae ambassadors, Third World, William_Bunny_Rugs_Clarke, has taken his solo career to new heights with a remake of the group’s smash 1978 hit Now That We Found Love which itself is a cover of the O Jays original. The song was also covered in 1991 by Jamaican- born rapper Heavy D.
Stamping his vocal magic once more on the popular song, Rugs’ solo take on Now That We Found Love, for Global Records, a week ago, hit the Billboard Club Chart at number six(6). The singer with the souful vocal styling is on course to equal his earlier success he enjoyed with it as a member of Third World.
However, as an artiste in his own right, in addition to his rebirth of Now That We Found Love single, Rugs also has a forthcoming album, I Wanna Dance, which should be out by August. There are also plans to release four singles from the 16-track set with two bonus tracks. Two other albums are also in the works to be released during the course of this year. And he has effectively created musical history by releasing selected multi-tracks of recordings to the music world through imultitracks.com.
Rugs points out that his solo musical journey does not mean he has separated himself from the band that made him famous. He remains the lead vocalist for Third World, and is presently on a summer tour of Europe with the group.
Third World’s itinerary includes the Midsummer Festival in Oslo, Norway; the popular Rototom Sunsplash and Festival Lation respectively in Osoppo and Milan, Italy; Summerjam in Koln, Germany; Colour Cafe Festival in Brussels, Belgium; Straatfestival in Vlissingen, Netherlands; the Nuke Festival in St Polton, Austria; to name a few of the events.
-Basil Walters, Observer staff reporter