The True Events Behind Third World’s “96 Degrees in the Shade”

Marco on the Bass wrote a well researched post on a true Reggae classic from Third World. Their song “96 Degrees in the Shade” is as Marco says: “a dramatic and musically powerful retelling of the events of the October 1865 Morant Bay Rebellion, headed by Baptist deacon and preacher Paul Bogle who led an armed group against the British authorities in Jamaica with his attack against the town of Morant Bay.

He goes on to tell the real events behind the song in detail including slavery, rebellion and Bogle as National hero.

Read the full piece here.

The film Made In Jamaica features Third World playing “96 Degrees in the Shade” with a little commentary about the meaning behind the track below.

I've been involved in the Los Angeles music scene since at least 1995 going to shows, promoting, spinning records and running labels. Ska and Early Reggae are my passion among other things of course.