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About Willie Stewart

 

Willie Stewart Interview with Kitty Oliver


Third World with Stevie Wonder in the Studio and Willie Stewart with Third World


Third World Percussion Jam Sunsplash Reggae Festival 81

 

Vintage Third World


Third World at Giant Stadium Amnesty


Reggae Walk of fame

 

ABC News Interview with Willie by Todd Tongen

 

Willie In Jamaica at Music Mart


TBN Interview with Willie Stewart

Willie Stewart

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Dreams are real
Breath is a start
Thought is a process
Action is doing
Simply, begin your
Journey in Solutions;
One step at a time
Regardless of obstacles
Reach into the future
You'll be happy you did

Willie Stewart

Formerly of Third World—Drummer, Percussionist, Songwriter, Music Technologist, Programmer, Music Instructor/Facilitator & Prolific Musician/Director—Willie Stewart.

After playing successfully with Third World, Stewart's desire to work with children and give back to the community, coupled with his expertise in the world of percussion instruments stirred a desire in his head and heart to help heal - the world! - with music.

Creation of Solutions in Music starts with Stewart's exit of Third World in 1997. He left Jamaica for England and after a period of time began study with Access to Music (Kennedy Center equivalent), where within two years he became a licensed educator and facilitator of music, through school-based training and workshops with top clinicians, and music educators.. Stewart developed his own course file, and directed his sights towards teaching, inspiring and healing through music and giving back to the community.

In 2000 he arrived in Florida and over the next three years began working with libraries and cultural arts organizations, and parks and recreations with a brewing idea specifically for stress relief, community giving and corporate team building. In 2003, Solutions in Music was born.

Willie Stewart was born in England to Jamaican parents and the family moved to Jamaica when Willie was a young boy. His love of music lead to an illustrious career as a member of the popular band Inner Circle, touring with Byron Lee & the Dragonaires as their youngest member, and 23 years as a director and member of the internationally-known band Third World. During that time Third World produced 13 albums of which 5 received Grammy nominations. Stewart has performed with such renowned artists as Stevie Wonder and Eddy Grant and jammed on stages with Carlos Santana and Bob Marley. Over the years other notable performances included sharing the same stage bill with Quincy Jones, Sting, Michael Jackson, Bryan Adams and U2.

Third World's unique rhythms provide the lively music for Sebastian's Caribbean Jamboree, a Walt Disney World video, featuring the little Mermaid's Sebastian. Stewart appeared in numerous videos, and the T.W. movie/documentary 'Prisoner in the Street.' He also co-produced, coordinated and organized a twelve-hour concert in Jamaica for President Nelson Mandela's official visit and performed as drummer for Eddy Grant's Frontline Orchestra in 'Millennium 2000' which broadcast live to 2.5 billion people via both the BBC and ABC from the island of Tobago.

His commitment to working with children and teachers in ways that can uplift, unite, motivate, empower, and inspire has lead to the creation of a variety of performances and workshops, which he combines under the umbrella - Solutions in Music. Workshops target and enhance historical, geographical, social studies, cultural, informative, stress relieving, and team and unity-building formats. People of all ages are motivated by the infectious enthusiasm of this world-class entertainer.

Willie Stewart has received overwhelming positive praise and enthusiasm for the variety of programs offered by Solutions in Music. Participants have included corporate America, schools, universities and communities around the globe. PBS WLRN, NBC, ABC local morning shows and news, BECON Miami Herald, Broward Herald and Sun-Sentinel have featured and covered these workshops.

Reggae Ambassadors

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Willie, Stevie, Richie, and Carrot (1981 at Wonderland Studios)

Stewart and his fellow Third World band members' strong humanitarian beliefs have earned them many awards including the United Nations 'Peace Medal, two NAACP Image Awards nominations and The Diamond Award of Washington DC. When Amnesty International called musicians to perform in Giant Stadium before a live audience of 100,000 and an MTV estimated audience of 26 million viewers, Stewart with Third World, was there performing for human rights!

As Jamaica's most successful act next to Bob Marley, Third World became known as 'Reggae Ambassadors.' Recently Stewart received The Stellar Award given by Partners for Youth and African American Achievers Award – Nominee Special Recognition.

The Dream Lives on...
Stewart has taken his role as "ambassador" further with a sincere mission to share his knowledge and experience with people of all ages. While himself (nick-named "Root") and Ibo Cooper ("Flying Keyboard Master") re-embrace their destiny not only as Ambassadors of Jamaica and Ambassadors of Reggae, these all new "Reggae Ambassadors" look ahead to a clear new mission that embraces a wide spectrum of music form and defies previous definitions of some of the sounds in today's music industry.

As members of Third World and ambassadors of music they will carry within themselves, sounds that were part of the essence and legacy of Third World, and hope to implement a new clarity and dimension of unique rhythmic instrumental and melodic tapestry with harmonious energy to feed the souls of mankind.

With a renewed spirit and commitment, the mission of Reggae Ambassadors is still clear:-

We kept the dream alive
Working with the children and youth
Growing spiritually
Now again we are ready
To stand the test of time
We are committed
Holding on to love
Rising in Harmony
Flying the flags of peace
Loving with a sense of purpose!

About Solutions in Music

Willie Stewart talks about Solutions In Music programs

 

NBC Sharon Lawson Interview with Willie Stewart

 

Rhythms of Africa 2011. The Journey and the Arrival

Drumming uplifts the spirits of all participants; invigorates the body and mind;
reduces stress, stimulates creativity, empowers!

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Goals and Objectives

Our goals and objectives include the following:

  • Introduce percussion/drums in a simplified manner
  • Expose and re-acquaint participants to a variety of styles and rhythms used in drumming
  • Reduce stress through the use of drumming/music
  • To Inspire
  • To Locate creativity and talent in individuals
  • To teach
  • To bring hope; and well-being into corporations, schools, rehabilitation centers, churches, prisons, any place where people gather, in spirit and good intentions.
  • To Communicate

Benefits

A Human Inspired is a Human in Solution
Drumming Energizes the Body and Gives Physical Vitality.

Our benefits include the following:

  • Relieves stress through laughter, excitement, and creative physical interaction
  • Builds team spirit
  • Builds individual spirit
  • Healthier outlook on life
  • Tunes and energizes the body physically mentally and spiritually
  • Addresses social and motor skills
  • Discover hidden talents
  • Create Situations for people to Become Part of a worldly Solution

Who Can Benefit?

  • Corporate Clients
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Parks and Recreations
  • Libraries
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • High Schools
  • Churches
  • Prisons
  • Community centers
  • Families for recreation; family celebrations, picnics etc
  • Law Enforcement communities
  • Weddings
  • Concerts, Parties, Shows
  • Banks
  • Malls

The most valuable aspect of the experience is the opportunity to meet a world-class performer and to be involved in producing music with him. Willie is an infectiously enthusiastic and charismatic workshop leader. He has a rare ability to genuinely motivate students with a real passion for performing music.

I strongly recommend these workshops to any school, college, university, prison, community center etc.

Martin Smith
Access to Music
Cambridge Regional College
Cambridge, England

Past Clients

American Express
American Business Women's Association
Florida Power and Light
Western Union
Adult & Community Educators of Florida
For Eyes Optical
Seminole Tribe
The McGraw-Hill Companies
Broward Center for the Performing Arts
City of Miramar
Miramar/Pembroke Pines Chamber of Commerce
Johnson & Johnson
WLRN PBS
Pearson Distributors
Community Foundation of Broward
Jackson Memorial Hospital
Broward Colleges, South, North & Central
Nova Southeastern University
Florida Memorial University
Broward County Parks & Recreation Division
City of Fort Lauderdale Parks & Recreation Department
Broward County Libraries Division
Dillard Center for the Arts

The feedback from the event was outstanding and it was definitely one of the best events that we have had at American Express. I personally found it to be a great stress reliever, team builder and diversity activity.

Lisa Cann,
Communication Specialist
American Express

To the Children

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Miguel March Russell

Children, you can embrace a new concept and discover that there is no Age Barrier to your possible dreams. This could be your time to shine. Dare to dream, dare to pick up a musical instrument and hit that first beat.

Miguel Marcel Russell, Percussionist
Born in New York City on July 12, 2002, it sometimes seems that Miguel Marcel Russell was destined to be a drummer from the time he took his first steps. He has been nurtured by a diverse mix of African, Latin, Brazilian and Haitian music styles throughout and finds little difficulty in drawing upon each to develop his own voice. Miguel includes among his musical influences master percussionists Giovanni Hidalgo, the late Carlos "Patato" Valdez and Babatunde Olatunji.

Miguel began his formal training at the age of four under the watchful eye of multi-faceted percussionist Don Eaton at the Harlem School of the Arts. His energy and enthusiasm along with an ability to adapt seamlessly into various musical settings has created many opportunities for Miguel to perform throughout the New York area and South Florida where he now resides. He has appeared recently on various broadcast media programs including "NBC - South Florida Today", "The Fernando Hidalgo Show" and "Sesame Street". In addition, Miguel was a featured artist in "Rhythms of Africa" concert produced by renowned drummer, William Stewart of the reggae band, "Third World". Miguel displays an uncommon determination and thirst for music and hopes to someday follow in the footsteps of the masters and maintain the traditions that guide him through life.

He now is under the tutelage of Willie Stewart himself.

One Child – Miguel Russell – One Example – One possibility!

To the Parents

Parents, you are a key to your children's success in a unique area of learning and living and loving. Your commitment will make or break this journey. Not everyone is meant to be doctors and lawyers – musician's work takes an equal amount of dedication and discipline. If you see an interest or a gift in your child - support, harness, encourage, and let them know that anything is possible. You are an integral part of making them a success. It will not happen without you. Invest in your kids; with only 10 hours of tuition through the Rhythms of Africa program, the children bloomed into a professional format and developed the confidence and the potential to play in front of an audience of 800, along with other professional musicians. Parents! Can you imagine what would happen if they got five years of tuition?

I was able to view a group of students transition from simply enjoying the sounds of their instruments - into playing together and making music.

Rita Lipoff
After School Programs
Library Division

To the Families

Families, you can bring family unity back, bring many generations together, get grandmas and grandpas out of the house to celebrate life with children and grandchildren. No experience is necessary, only the desire to enjoy life and celebrate with your offspring, and their offspring, strengthening the bond with family values, support, memories and music.

To the Teachers

Teachers, you are the student's mentor, parent, advisor as well as someone who the child looks up to and trusts. "When discussing the reasons why the arts should remain in the curriculum of our schools and colleges, I am passionate. In order to help our children we can lend valuable assistance through YOU, our teachers. Assisting and encouraging and sharing our skills and knowledge and ideas in workshops with teachers gives 'Solutions In Music' the chance to give something valuable back and contribute in shaping the next generation in a positive way. YOU are key to this successful process."

Willie Stewart

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