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Third World's Stephen "Cat" Coore - Part One - Off The Road with Dave Lawrence - January 2022

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Find the entire Off The Road series at hawaiipublicradio.org/offtheroad.

Today, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence welcomes back reggae legends Third World, and their founder, guitarist and cellist, Stephen “Cat” Coore. Cat was our guest many times on the show, including playing his cello for us in our HPR Atherton Performing Arts Studio during a candid storytelling session, and appearing previously on Off The Road.

We’re blessed as he brought along Third World keyboardist Norris “Noriega” Webb to help out on some exclusive musical performances.

Third World's Stephen "Cat" Coore and Norris "Noriega" Webb at Driftwood Boat Bar, Sunset Beach, St Marteen, West Indies
Third World's Stephen "Cat" Coore and Norris "Noriega" Webb at Driftwood Boat Bar, Sunset Beach, St Marteen, West Indies

We caught up with them as they rehearsed in Florida.

In part one of our feature, Cat shares what he’s been up to since last on in the fall of 2020, telling us about recent concerts they’ve been doing, going back on the road, and hangs with fellow reggae legends, and former bandmates Inner Circle, as well as doing a special performance for Bankie Banx, all so far as Third World have returned to working during the pandemic. He also explains his long connection to our recent guest, reggae icons Black Uhuru and their founder Derrick “Duckie” Simpson. Finally, he explains how he and Norris have a special gig in the Caribbean and the two of them share an exclusive musical performance, a taste of a song they plan to play there. We’re the first to hear them play a jazz instrumental version of the classic “Satta Massagana”!

Cat and Norris perform for us!
Cat and Norris perform for us!

Tomorrow Cat shares remembrances and stories about two recent losses in the reggae world: Bunny Wailer and Lee “Scratch” Perry. He and Norris also offer another exclusive musical performance of a huge reggae anthem! We’ll also post the complete interview.


Watch Cat in the studio at HPR in 2018:

Off The Road started in April 2020 when the pandemic led to a halt in the touring entertainment industry. Connecting with artists around the world since, we’ve offered intimate conversations and many exclusive musical performances with some of the biggest names in music, spanning many genres, eras and styles. Some of the recent artists we’ve welcomed include Deep Purple’s Don Airey, Herb Alpert, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Artimus Pyle, Pat Metheny, Black Uhuru’s Derrick “Duckie Simpson”, Taj Mahal, Judy Collins, John McLaughlin, Carlos Santana, Linda Ronstadt, Al Di Meola, 10,000 Maniacs’ Mary Ramsey, Alice Cooper,Soul Asylum’s Dave Pirner, George Benson, Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson, Joe Satriani, The Doors’ John Densmore, Randy Brecker, Peter Frampton and System of a Down.

Dave Lawrence is the local host of All Things Considered, Road Stories (formerly Off the Road), and Stargazer.
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