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
151 Prince Jammy Presents A Dub Extravaganza "Uhuru In Dub" & "Osbourne In Dub" 22 Audio 1988 CSA Records
152 Mondays 2 Audio 1982 Island Records
153 Chill Out 9 Audio 1982 Island Records
154 Black Sounds Of Freedom 10 Audio 1982
155 Showcase 7 Audio 1979 Taxi
156 Now Dub 10 Audio 1990 Mesa Recordings
157 Pain On The Poorman Brain 2 Audio 1987 J.R. Productions
158 Tear It Up - Live 8 Audio Mango
159 Brutal 10 Audio 1986 Munich Records
160 Chill Out 9 Audio 1982 Island Records
161 Sinsemilla 8 Audio 1980 Island Records
162 Conquer The Tanker 4 Audio 1987 Real Authentic Sound
163 Dynasty 12 Audio 2001 RAS Records Inc.
164 Black Sounds Of Freedom 10 Audio 1990 Shanachie
165 Liberation: The Island Anthology 28 Audio 1993 Mango
166 Black Uhuru 7 Audio 1980
167 Tip Of The Iceberg 7 Audio 1992 Mesa Recordings
168 Fire City 2 Audio 1987 Thunder Bolt
169 Brutal 10 Audio 1986 Real Authentic Sound
170 Zion High 15 Audio 2003 Blood & Fire
171 Prince Jammy Presents A Dub Extravaganza "Uhuru In Dub" & "Osbourne In Dub" 22 Audio 1992 New Cross Records
172 Sinsemilla 8 Audio 1980 Island Records
173 Slippin' Into Darkness 6 Audio 1992 Mesa Recordings
174 Tear It Up - Live 8 Audio 1982 Island Records
175 Tear It Up - Live 8 Audio 1982 Island Records
176 Chill Out 9 Audio 1982 Island Records
177 Dollars 2 Audio Harmony House
178 Scorching Ray 2 Audio 2008 Rastar Records
179 Anthem 9 Audio 1984 Island Records
180 Stalk Of Sensimilla / Untitled 2 Audio Not On Label
181 Brutal 10 Audio 1986 Real Authentic Sound
182 Reggae Greats 10 Audio 1985
183 Anthem 8 Audio
184 Unification 14 Audio 1998 Five Star General
185 I Love King Selassie / Version 2 Audio 1998 Jammy's Records
186 Guess Who's Coming To Dinner 7 Audio 1983 CBS/Sony
187 Rent Man 3 Audio 2009 Joe Gibbs Record Globe
188 Chill Out 9 Audio 1982 Island Records
189 I Love Selassie 2 Audio 1998 Jammy's Records
190 Red 8 Audio 1981 Island Records
191 One Love 4 Audio 1993 Mesa Recordings
192 Rock And Come On / Eden Pon Street 2 Audio Beardie
193 Sinsemilla 8 Audio Mango
194 Darkness 2 Audio 1982 Island Records
195 Anthem 8 Audio Island Records
196 Other Reggae Rebels 13 Audio 2006 Immortal
197 Mr. Gunis / It A Go Red 2 Audio 1999
198 Black Sounds Of Freedom 10 Audio 1987 Jayrem Records
199 Sinsemilla 8 Audio 1981 Island Records
200 Anthem 9 Audio


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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