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
251 Sinsemilla 8 Audio 1980 Island Records
252 Rent Man / Resident Area / Eviction 2 Audio 1979 Joe Gibbs Music
253 Brutal Dub 10 Audio 1986 Real Authentic Sound
254 Chill Out 18 Audio Island Records
255 Reggae Rock 8 Audio Antler-Subway
256 Shine Eye 2 Audio 1979 D-Roy Records
257 Great Train Roobbery 3 Audio 1986 Attic
258 Reggae Greats 10 Audio 1984 Mango
259 Sponji Reggae / Utterance 2 Audio 1981 Island Records
260 Red 8 Audio Mango
261 The Dub Factor 10 Audio 1989 Umkhonto
262 20 Greatest Hits 20 Audio 1991 Sonic Sounds
263 Wood For My Fire 2 Audio 1979 D.E.B. Music
264 King Selassie / Version (Zion Freedom) 2 Audio 1977 Jammy's Records
265 A Eden Pon Street 2 Audio 1977 Jammy's Records
266 Rent Man 2 Audio 1996 Emmanuel Music
267 Plastic Smile 3 Audio 2013 Taxi
268 Now Dub 10 Audio 1990 Mesa Recordings
269 Reggae Greats 10 Audio 1997 Spectrum Music (2)
270 Guess Who Is Coming To Dinner 3 Audio 2013 Taxi
271 Sinsemilla 8 Audio 2013 Island Records
272 Vital Selection 7 Audio 1980 Virgin
273 Shine Eye 2 Audio Uhuru (1)
274 Up Mercy Street 2 Audio Senya Cum
275 Garvey Days / Blood Shed 2 Audio 1977 Not On Label
276 Sun Is Shining 2 Audio 1977 Channel One
277 Five Star General 2 Audio 1999 King Jammy's
278 Positive 8 Audio 1987 Munich Records BV
279 Morning Train / Let Him Go 2 Audio Jahmani
280 Let Him Go & Eglington Rock / Babylon Grandson & Herb Man Rock 2 Audio Darace Music
281 Positive Dub 8 Audio 2003-07-00
282 Chill Out 9 Audio 1982 Mango
283 Party Next Door 2 Audio 1983 Island Records
284 Red 8 Audio 1981 Island Records
285 Positive Dub 8 Audio 1987-00-00 RAS Records Inc.
286 Rastaman To Africa / I Love King Selassie 2 Audio 2007 Greensleeves Records
287 Right Stuff 2 Audio Taxi
288 Black Sounds Of Freedom 10 Audio Greensleeves Records
289 What Is Life? 3 Audio 1983 Island Records
290 Red 8 Audio Island Records
291 Youths Of Eglington 3 Audio 2013 Taxi
292 Chill Out 9 Audio 1982 Island Records
293 Party Next Door 2 Audio Sonic Sounds Oldies
294 Crisis 2 Audio Gumari 1 Records
295 Garvey Days / Blood Shed 2 Audio 1977 Soul Trap Records
296 Nah Get Rich And Switch 2 Audio JR All Stars
297 Brutal 10 Audio 1986 Real Authentic Sound
298 Brutal 10 Audio 1986 Polarvox
299 At The Rock Palast 13 Audio 2003 Not On Label
300 Stuck On You / What Is Life 2 Audio 1984 Ricordi


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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