Black Uhuru

Genres: Reggae
Descriptive "tags": reggae roots reggae dub roots jamaica Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

Formed in Jamaica by Rudolph ‘Garth’ Dennis, Derrick ‘Duckie’ Simpson (24 June 1950) and Euvin ‘Don Carlos’ Spencer in 1974, Black Uhuru first recorded a version of Curtis Mayfield’s ‘Romancing To The Folk Song’ for Dynamic’s Top Cat label as Uhuru (the Swahili word for ‘freedom’), which met with limited success. Dennis then joined the Wailing Souls and McCarlos (as Don Carlos) went on to a solo career. Simpson then enlisted Michael Rose as lead singer, who himself had previously recorded as a solo artist for Yabby You (on the excellent ‘Born Free’) and for Winston ‘Niney’ Holness, including the first recording of ‘Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner’, inspired by the Sidney Poitier movie. Errol Nelson, from the Jayes, was used for harmonies. This line-up sang on an album for Prince Jammy in 1977 entitled Love Crisis, later reissued and retitled Black Sounds Of Freedom, after...

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