Black Uhuru

Also known as Black Sound Uhuro, Black Sound Uhuru, Black Sounds Huro's, Black Sounds Uhro, Black Uhro, Black Uhuhru, Black Uhurie, Black Uhuro, Black Uhuru (a.k.a. Sly & Robbie), Black Uhuru Band, Black Uhuru, The, Black Uruhru, Black Uruhu, Black-Uhuru, Original Black Uhuru, The, Uhuru
Members of Black Uhuru: Andrew Bees, Don Carlos (2), Duckie Simpson, Errol Wilson, Junior Reid, Lowell Dunbar, Michael Rose, Puma Jones, Robbie Shakespeare, Rudolph "Garth" Dennis
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.myspace.com/blackuhuru

Discography of Black Uhuru:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Sinsemilla 8 Audio 1987 Mango
2 The Great Train Robbery 2 Audio 1986 Bellaphon
3 The Great Train Robbery 3 Audio 1986-00-00 RAS Records Inc.
4 The Dub Factor 10 Audio 1983-01-00 Mango
5 Chill Out 9 Audio 1982 Island Records
6 Brutal 10 Audio 1992 Blue Moon Productions
7 The Dub Factor 10 Audio 1983 Island Records
8 Tip Of The Iceberg 4 Audio 1992 Mesa Recordings
9 Red 8 Audio 1981-06-00 Island Records
10 Guess Who's Coming To Dinner 7 Audio 1995-00-00 JHO Music
11 Sinsemilla 8 Audio 1980 Taxi
12 Liberation: The Island Anthology 28 Audio 1993-00-00
13 Positive Dub 8 Audio 1987-00-00 RAS Records Inc.
14 Black Sounds Of Freedom 10 Audio 1981 Greensleeves Records
15 Iron Storm Dub 9 Audio 1992 Mesa Recordings
16 Sponji Reggae 3 Audio 1981 Island Records
17 Plastic Smile / Guess Who's Coming To Dinner? 2 Audio 1979 D-Roy Records
18 Zion High 15 Audio 2003 Blood & Fire
19 Radikal Roots Re-Edits Volume 11 2 Audio 2005 Roots Radics
20 Positive 8 Audio 1987-00-00 RAS Records Inc.
21 Now 10 Audio 1990 Rhino Entertainment Company
22 Mystical Truth 13 Audio 1992 Mesa Recordings
23 Positive 13 Audio 2000-07-14 Real Authentic Sound
24 Reggae Rock 4 Audio 1990 Invasion Recordings
25 Uhuru In Dub 10 Audio 1982 CSA Records
26 Brutal 10 Audio 1986 Real Authentic Sound
27 Brutal Dub 10 Audio 1986 Real Authentic Sound
28 Chill Out 9 Audio 1982 Island Records
29 Brutal Dub 10 Audio 1986 Real Authentic Sound
30 Black Sounds Of Freedom 10 Audio 2000-07-17
31 Guess Who's Coming To Dinner 7 Audio 1987 Heartbeat Records (2)
32 Chill Out 9 Audio 1992 Island Records
33 The Dub Factor 10 Audio 1983
34 Reggae Greats 10 Audio 1985 Island Records
35 Live In New York City 9 Audio 1988 Rohit International Records
36 Tear It Up - Live 8 Audio 1982 Festival Records
37 Anthem 9 Audio 1984 Mango
38 The Dub Factor 10 Audio 1983 Island Records
39 Anthem 8 Audio 1984 Island Records
40 Fit You Haffe Fit 2 Audio 1985 Taxi
41 Mondays / Killer Tuesday / Right Stuff 3 Audio 1982 Island Records
42 Darkness 3 Audio 1982 Island Records
43 Black Sounds Of Freedom 25 Audio 2006-07-18 Greensleeves Records
44 Chill Out 9 Audio 1982 Island Records
45 Sinsemilla 8 Audio 1990 Mango
46 Black Uhuru 7 Audio 1988
47 Brutal 10 Audio 1986
48 One Love / I Love King Selassie 6 Audio 2006 Greensleeves Records
49 Tear It Up - Live 8 Audio 1982 Island Records
50 Guess Who's Coming To Dinner 7 Audio 1987 Heartbeat Records (2)


Formed: 1974 // Kingston, Jamaica

One of the most popular reggae acts ever and the first one to win a Grammy. They were the most successful act from Jamaica besides Bob Marley and had an enormous cross-over success during the early to mid 80s, mainly because of two facts: first: the fantastic rhythm section - consisting of the ever present drum & bass twins Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, who were actually a part of Black Uhuru during their most successful period; second: their sound was different - more accessible to Rock fans with uncompromising lyrics and their militant appearance. Their live shows were especially enigmatic.

Black Uhuru was founded in the late 70s by the then already established singers Rudolph "Garth" Dennis, Don Carlos and Duckie Simpson. After a while Michael Rose, who sang in hotels on the north coast of Jamaica for tourists, joined the group and the trio was complete. It was Michael Rose's rock stone gruff voice and his phrasing of syllables and consonants that made the sound of this vocal trio so eminently different from the multitude of other reggae trios. They had a local hit with the Prince Jammy produced ‘I Love King Selassie’. ‘Puma’ Jones, who was raised in New York, heard this song and fell in love with it immediately. So she joined the group in time for their first internationally distributed album ‘Sinsemillia’ (Island Records 1980) on TAXI - Productions/Jamaica. This album was a huge success already and some of these songs are still played in bars, coffee shops and Hippie hang-outs worldwide. The strength of songs like ‘World Is Africa’, ‘Push Push’, ‘Every Dreadlocks’, ‘Sinsemillia’ and ‘Fire’ make them timeless anthems. They toured and recorded with Michael Rose as Lead vocalist and further released the powerful ‘Red’ album with more militant songs like ‘Youth Of Eglington’ or ‘Sponjie Reggae’ (maybe their best song); a live album from 1981 called ‘Tear It Up’; the still solid ‘Chill Out’; and their 1983 album ‘Anthem’, that was repackaged and re-mixed for the international market with a different cover in 1984 (for no apparent reason). Quarrels about the status of Duckie Simpson (the Founder) and Michael Rose (the voice of Black Uhuru) lead to internal problems and Michael Rose left. Junior Reid, another singer from the Waterhouse neighbourhood in Kingston, replaced him. This lead to a rejuvenated sound and another highlight in the career of Black Uhuru. They even had a top ten hit with ‘The Great Train Robbery’ in the UK and other European countries, their first song written and sung by Junior Reid. The albums ‘Brutal’ and ‘Positive’ with good, advanced dub albums to follow were both very successful and their tours were (nearly) as successful as before. The same problem occurred again. Junior Reid was the voice and wrote the hit songs, while Duckie Simpson stayed out of focus, his songs were no hits - but he was the head of Black Uhuru. So Junior Reid left as well to pursue a successful solo career. To make matters worse ‘Puma’ Jones died of cancer in 1990. So Duckie Simpson contacted his old buddy Don Carlos, who was still a respected and always recording and releasing Solo artist with a nice voice and talent for song writing. Still this duo didn't have the potential to perform the anthems that made Black Uhuru the giants they were, so they recruited young singers who looked good and had the ability to reproduce the songs from both Michael Rose and even Junior Reid for the bread & butter earning live tours. This was a little bit ridiculous. Still - they got paid, released albums every few years and toured regularly. In recent years, Sly & Robbie reunited with them as Black Uhuru and toured the big Reggae Festivals with Don Carlos, Duckie Simpson and numerous young lead singers and female backing vocalists. On some festivals they even performed with Michael Rose as one act (while he sang some of his penned Black Uhuru anthems and some of his solo works) and as Black Uhuru! Michael Rose and Duckie Simpson finally found an agreement..............


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