Black Uhuru Live 1981

Video: Black Uhuru live in 1981 in Sweden.

Black Uhuru (Uhuru means “freedom” in Swahili) is a roots reggae band, formed in Kingston, Jamaica in 1977 by Derrick “Duckie” Simpson. The first constellation of the vocalists of Black Uhuru consisted of Garth Dennis, Don Carlos, and Derrick “Duckie” Simpson. The most famous set of Black Uhuru was in the years 1979 – 1985 and consisted of Michael Rose, Sandra “Puma” Jones and Duckie Simpson as a singer, and Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare on bass and drums. During the 1970s and some years into the 1980s, Black Uhuru, together with Bob Marley & The Wailers, Burning Spear, Inner Circle and Third World one of the few reggae band with a fixed set of members that toured around the world.

Black Uhuru Anthem Album

Best Reggae Recording Grammy Winner 1985

Black Uhuru was awarded a Grammy in 1985 for their album Anthem, which was released in its second version in 1984 (a version of the album was released in 1983).

On the album Anthem featured on Drums Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare on bass, on lead guitar Darryl Thompson, on keyboards Franklyn “Bubbler” Waul, on percussion: Sky Juice, the trumpeter Dave Madden and Junior “Chico” Chin, the saxophone, Dean Fraser, on trombone Nambo Robinson, on keyboards in the song “Elements” Wally Badarou, on lead guitar in the song “Solidarity” Willie Lindo.

In 1985 Michael Rose left the group for a solo career in 1987 the same year that the female member of Puma Jones was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Between 1987 and 1989, the three vocalists of Black Uhuru Duckie Simpson, Delroy “Junior” Reid and Olafunke, and from 1989 to 1995 of the original vocal trio, Duckie Simpson, Garth Dennison and Don Carlos. Then collaborated with Duckie Simpson Jenifah Nyah and Andrew Bees until 2005. The group Black Uhuru reappear now and then with Duckie Simpson as lead vocals to play the major reggae festivals.

Black Uhuru released the 18 regular studio albums, four live albums and nine double-album. The most successful constellation Duckie Simpson – Puma Jones – Michael Rose said the eight studio albums, and was after Bob Marley died in 1981 and before UB40’s breakthrough in the mid-1980s, along with the two British groups Aswad and Steel Pulse , the most renowned and successful reggae band in the world. They toured frequently with European bands like The Police, The Clash and the Rolling Stones. Well-known songs are “Shine Eye Gal,” “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” “Sinsemilla,” “Solidarity”, “Youth of Englington”, “Happiness”, “Sponji Reggae”, “Chill Out”, “I Love King Selassie I “and songs like” What Is Life “and” Party Next Door “appearing on the Grammy-winning album Anthem.

Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare began in the 1980s, an music production career as “Sly & Robbie”, and from 1985 until 2005, they have as musicians, producers and / or recording engineer participated in hundreds of recordings by artists from all over world.

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