Bunny Rugs Departed This Life: BVI Musicians remember him


Many are heavy hearted after learning of the passing of William “Bunny Rugs” Clarke, lead singer of the famous band — Third World.

The singer died on Monday at his home in Florida, and it is stated that he lost the battle with leukemia three days before his 66th birthday.

Clarke joined Third World in 1976, and was a member when the Band released its popular hits “96 Degrees in the Shade,” “Now That We Found Love,” “Always Around” and “Reggae Ambassador”.

In July 2013 Bayside Rhythms hosted the Band here in the Territory as part of Third World’s 40 years of Musical Excellence celebration, and it was during that show that local artists Kamau Georges, and Dalan Vanterpool had the unforgettable opportunity to play with Bunny Rugs. 

Following the announcement of the singer’s death, both Vanterpool and Georges took to Facebook to share photos of the performance, and to share how devastating the news of the singer’s death was to them.

Vanterpool in recalling the performance with Clarke wrote: “Definitely a highlight of my musical career. He also gave me some advice while we were chatting backstage. Last thing he said was “Tricks of de trade my lawd, tricks of de trade.”

Georges who was one of the first persons to report on Facebook of the singer’s passing shared: “One of my most proud and memorable moments of last year and a major highlight of my entire career was being invited on stage by the Legendary Ruggs to perform “Always Around” with him at Bayside Rhythms. Sadly that tile of the song couldn’t remain a reality for him much longer. You will be missed. Thank you for blessing me with such a great opportunity, and thanks to Wasi Philbert for orchestrating this.”

Clarke is survived by his wife and eight children.


The dates for the 2014 staging of the Festival of Arts will soon be announced. The Festival of Arts, is an event which was piloted by Fifth District Representative, Hon. Delores Christopher in 2013 as an avenue for performing, graphics and culinary artistry.

The week-long program was well received by the entire Territory, and Hon. Christopher was recently asked when the 2014 edition will be held. 

In an interview, the popular Legislator disclosed that the sister islands of Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke have announced that they would like to be a part of the event: “The Festival of Arts was so very well received not only on Tortola, Virgin Gorda has gotten excited and they would like to be a part. Jost Van Dyke has staked their claim. So there is a lot of work to do and we hope to continue that,” Hon. Christopher stated. 

Meanwhile, the Fifth District Representative explained that since certain fine tuning is still being done, she was unable to reveal the dates for this year’s series of events. However, she did state: “My thinking, even before the Committee finalizes, is that we would engage in some activities on our sister islands.”

n the interim Hon. Christopher said that the cultural display initiatives and events should not only revolve around the Festival of Arts: “I want people to understand that one of the objectives of the Festival of Arts is for any individual, group, or business in the community. Who feels so moved can proceed to hold an event wherever they want to have it. The whole idea is to enhance the arts, performances, and culture through various aspects,” he said.