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
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Discography of Black Uhuru:

# Release title Dwnld Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
51 Black Uhuru ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 10 Audio 2001 Dressed To Kill
52 Now ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 10 Audio 1990 Rhino Records (2)
53 Positive ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 8 Audio 1987 Bellaphon
54 Anthem ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 45 Audio 2004
55 The Great Train Robbery ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 3 Audio 1986-00-00 Blue Moon Productions
56 What Is Life? ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 3 Audio 1983
57 Rent Man / Tennament ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 2 Audio Joe Gibbs Record Globe
58 Sinsemilla ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 11 Audio 2003
59 Red ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 11 Audio 2003
60 Love Crisis ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 10 Audio 1977 Third World
61 Showcase ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 6 Audio 1979 D-Roy Records
62 Showcase ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 7 Audio 1979 Black Rose
63 Showcase ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 6 Audio 1979 Taxi
64 Ras Portraits ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 12 Audio 1997 RAS Records Inc.
65 Live84 ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 13 Audio 2000-06-27 Tabou 1
66 The Dub Factor ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 10 Audio 1992 Mango
67 Reggae Rock ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 4 Audio
68 Anthem ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 8 Audio 1984 Island Records
69 Plastic Smile ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 2 Audio 1978 Gorgon Records
70 Tear It Up - Live ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 8 Audio 1982 Mango
71 Abortion ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 2 Audio 1979 Taxi
72 Fit You Haffe Fit ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 2 Audio 1985 Taxi
73 General Penitentary ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 2 Audio Taxi
74 General Penitentiary ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 2 Audio 1979 Taxi
75 Anthem ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 8 Audio 1983 Island Records
76 Brutal ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 10 Audio 1991 Bellaphon
77 Reggae Greats ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 10 Audio 1989 Island Masters
78 What Is Life? ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 3 Audio 1983 Island Records
79 Shine Eye / Plastic Smile ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 2 Audio Taxi
80 Solidarity ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 2 Audio 1983 Island Records
81 The Great Train Robbery ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 2 Audio 1986-00-00 RAS Records Inc.
82 The Dub Album ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 10 Audio 2006 Brook
83 Iron Storm ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 9 Audio 1991 Mesa Recordings
84 Red ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 8 Audio Mango
85 Anthem ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 8 Audio 1992
86 Red ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 8 Audio 1995-01-03 Mango
87 Brutal ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 10 Audio 1986 Real Authentic Sound
88 Brutal ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 22 Audio 2004-10-04 Real Authentic Sound
89 In Dub ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 10 Audio 2001-05-00
90 The Dub Factor ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 14 Audio 2003-08-05
91 Chill Out ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 9 Audio 2003
92 Red ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 8 Audio 1981 Island Records
93 Chill Out ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 9 Audio 1982 Island Records
94 Tear It Up - Live ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 8 Audio 1982 Island Records
95 Chill Out ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 2 Audio 1982 Island Records
96 Party Next Door ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 2 Audio 1983 Island Records
97 Conviction Or Fine ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 2 Audio 1985 Real Authentic Sound
98 What Is Life ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 3 Audio 1983 Island Records
99 Get Rich & Switch ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 2 Audio JR All Stars
100 Sinsemilla ↓ mp3 ↓ zip 8 Audio Mango

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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