Friday, November 21, 2008



WWW, November 2008 - When Black Uhuru performed at the Reggae Sunsplash Festival in 1984, they had made their name not just within Reggae Music.

Throughout the 1980's, Black Uhuru was much, arguably even more, a Sly and Robbie project rather than a vocal harmony group consisting out of Duckie Simpson, Puma Jones and Mikal Rose. Albums like "Sinsemillia" and "Red" had shown already, just how progressive Black Uhuru actually was.

In 1984, Black Uhuru had become one of the top groups in Reggae Music. They had, just like Burning Spear and Bob Marley before them, introduced Reggae to an audience that was not usually looking for Jamaican Music.

The top-notch production and musical skills of Sly and Robbie were responsible for the success of Black Uhuru. Before the Rhythm Twins took over the care for Black Uhuru, so to speak, they had been "just" another vocal harmony group.

When Michael Rose joined the group, together with the American Puma Jones, the success formula was completed. Throughout the 1980's, they dominated the Reggae charts.

Watch this mighty performance by the singers and players of instruments, and realize that this was almost one quarter of a century ago!


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