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
101 Chill Out 9 Audio Mango
102 Liberation: The Island Anthology 28 Audio 1993
103 Strongg 12 Audio 1994 Mesa Recordings
104 Brutal / Dread 3 Beat & Riddims 24 Audio 1999
105 Black Uhuru 7 Audio Virgin
106 Brutal 10 Audio 1986 Blue Moon Productions
107 Sponji Reggae 2 Audio 1981 Mango
108 The Dub Factor 10 Audio 1983-01-00 Island Records
109 Fit You Haffe Fit 2 Audio 1985 Taxi
110 Red 8 Audio 1990
111 Anthem 8 Audio 1983 Island Records
112 Love Dub 10 Audio 1990-03-07 Rohit International Records
113 Rent Man 2 Audio 1979 D.E.B. Music
114 Party Next Door / Party In Session 3 Audio 1983 Island Records
115 Sponji Reggae 2 Audio 1981-08-00 Island Records
116 Sinsemilla 8 Audio 1980 Mango
117 Strongg Dubb 13 Audio 1994 Mesa Recordings
118 Conviction Or A Fine / Fit You Haffe Fit 4 Audio 1986 Real Authentic Sound
119 What Is Life? 3 Audio 1983 Island Records
120 Dynasty 12 Audio 2001-10-09 RAS Records Inc.
121 Iron Storm 10 Audio 1991 Mesa Recordings
122 Strongg 12 Audio 1994 Mesa Recordings
123 Strongg Dubb 13 Audio 1994 Mesa Recordings
124 Now 10 Audio 1990 Mesa Recordings
125 Mystical Truth 12 Audio 1992 Mesa Recordings
126 Positive Dub 8 Audio 1987 RAS Records Inc.
127 Live In New York City 9 Audio 1988 Rohit International Records
128 Brutal 10 Audio 1986 Real Authentic Sound
129 Sponji Reggae 2 Audio 1981 Island Records
130 This Is Crucial Reggae 12 Audio 2004 Sanctuary Records
131 The Best Of Black Uhuru 11 Audio 2002 Island Records
132 The Great Train Robbery 3 Audio 1986 Blue Moon Productions
133 Party / Dutty Money 2 Audio 2000 Ajang
134 Prince Jammy Presents A Dub Extravaganza "Uhuru In Dub" & "Osbourne In Dub" 22 Audio 1987 CSA Records
135 Anthem 8 Audio 1984
136 20 Greatest Hits 20 Audio 1991 Sonic Sounds
137 The Great Train Robbery 2 Audio 1986 Real Authentic Sound
138 What Is Life? 2 Audio 1983 Island Records
139 Bad Girl 2 Audio 1979 Warrior Records (2)
140 The Great Train Robbery 2 Audio 1986 Munich Records
141 Sinsemilla 8 Audio Island Records
142 The Best Of Black Uhuru 11 Audio 2002-08-13 Island Records
143 Tip Of The Iceberg 4 Audio 1992 Mesa Recordings
144 Positive Dub 8 Audio 1994 Dreadbeat
145 Happiness / Africa 2 Audio
146 Rent Man 2 Audio D.E.B. Music
147 Hard Times / Willow Tree 4 Audio King Jammy's Gold
148 Sorry For The Man / Time Is A Moment 4 Audio King Jammy's Gold
149 Five Star General 2 Audio 1999 Jammy's Records
150 Brutal 10 Audio Thunder Bolt


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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