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Black Uhuru

The most successful of the second-generation reggae bands, Black Uhuru maintained their high quality despite numerous personnel changes in their 40-plus-year history. The first reggae band to win a Grammy award, for their 1983 album Anthem, Black Uhuru was, according to Reggae: The Rough Guide, "The most dynamic and progressive reggae act of the 1970s and early '80s."

Black Uhuru, whose name comes from the Swahili word meaning "freedom," was formed in the Waterhouse district of Kingston by Ervin "Don Carlos" Spencer, Rudolph "Garth" Dennis, and Derrick "Duckie" Simpson. When the group experienced difficulties securing a record contract, Spencer left to pursue a solo career and Dennis joined the Wailing Souls. Simpson, who remained the thread throughout Black Uhuru's evolution, reorganized the band with Errol "Jay" Wilson and quivery-voiced lead vocalist Michael Rose, compared by Trouser Press to "a Rasta cantor." Accompanied by the rhythm section of Sly Dunbar on drums and Robbie Shakespear on bass, Black Uhuru created a sound that made them a match for any reggae ensemble. Their debut album, Love Crisis, released in 1977, included the anthemic hit "I Love King Selassie." Three years later, the album was remixed and released as Black Sounds of Freedom.

With the addition of harmony singer Sandra "Puma" Jones, an Afro-American woman who held a master's degree from Columbia University and was a former member of the female group Mama Africa in 1981, Black Uhuru entered their most commercially successful period. In addition to recording a memorable studio album, Red, and an exciting live album, Tear It Up, the group reached its peak with the release of Anthem in 1983. Remixed and revised for release in the United States, the redone version was re-released in Europe shortly afterwards. Although the album received a Grammy, internal problems caused the band to splinter the following year. Rose was replaced by sound-alike Junior Reid. Jones and Reid remained with the band until 1989. Although Reid left when visa problems prevented him from touring, Jones, who was replaced by Olefunke, was forced to step down after being diagnosed with cancer. She died on January 28, 1990, and was buried in her home state of South Carolina. The original three members -- Simpson, Spencer and Dennis -- reunited to record a trio album, Now, in 1990. They've continued to tour and perform in this configuration. ~ Craig Harris, Rovi
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yup oldschool reggae is da best.what a joy i get from this rastas!
Jah rastafari
willgolden10 2
Black Uhuru is THE TRUTH!!!
BLACK UHURU BE BANGING 11111
edawrdss
Mother move makes me move all praises to Mighty Jah
707macjunk
Want to hear Leaving to Zion on Pandora.
Black freedom!
Cyant spress dis much firda my yout!
Yes mon
U ALWAYS knew who it was when Black Uhuru came on the old transistor radio---dj didnt have 2 say a word. Somethin Special!!!!
*IRIE*
This my S**T
usabenefitsg r o u p 2 7
I love that song! wish music still sounded that good today
Iv been listening to this since I was 14, I'm 36 now.....
Sounding me back to brixton and the front line in the 70's!
I love this group.
When I was young. someone gave me a black uhuru tape. Since then the whole world is Africa.
rp.personal. s c h o o l
this song came up on tommy lee sparta radio.... Pandora should respect reggae and dancehall as much as country and rap. Jah love.
seandanielle b r e n n a n
Ougouud! Uhuru big up tunzs!
Big time fav. when i was growing up in small town called calexico california.t h e cops didnt give a crap if you were irie or drunk good time 1988,1989. good days.
Rasta Fari..... I like this station
abiba_bola
well weell i seen fin al ally u ole man ole man filuier bobo dies ah awesome fo fu fof fo foto tuya were we were in that foto tal king with som e me bo dies again ah WELL GRA CIAS A DIOS
spongie reggae, guess whos coming to dinner...sta l k of sensimilla
LOVE black uhuru, amazing trippy relaxing reggae that i never get tired of listening to =)
Heard me in high school been hooked since: thanks Herman!
stanley.mart i n e z 2 1
Guess who is comming to dinner
Best group in the 80's R.I.P Puma Black Sounds Of Freedom Uhuru!!!!!!!
akmountainba r r y
Jah Love
if you believe in Uhuru....... . . check out the band MIDNITE..... give thanks!
black u huru say it.. i had a girl look like puma back in da 80's
Everlasting reggae group.
M.rose the best lead singer in black uhuru
burning and listing to the best san pedro bby you hav to luv it
Jah bless
BY far my fav not even close.
This Music is Music not like the new age who keep remaking old songs. and if your gonna remake a song at least get it right.
great train robbery and mondays are two of their best.
They have that something that speaks to my soul like a lullaby..... .
544364090
Black Uhuru...amaz i n g . . . t h e i r music is different its not like regular reggae...it has a better vibe to it....only way to explain it...is that its different... i n a good way
south bay diego/t.j. mexico
nuff sufferation-
mad love-
Wadada to Jah people!
bless from JAH
blessed heights.
Puma Jones di empress nuh bloodcleet
zfunderburk
love dis
THEY HAVE GREAT DUB
indiahart57
love them!
jah rules 4 ever n ever jah most high
arleen30
Real "Crucial" regaae!!!
great jamming uplifting,
high quality music to go with high quality ganja.
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