Black Uhuru is a Jamaican reggae band probably best known for their hits "Shine Eye Gal", "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," "Sinsemilla," "Solidarity," and "What Is Life?". They were the first group to win a Grammy in the reggae category when it was introduced in 1985.
They originally formed as 'Black Sounds Uhuru' (the Kiswahili word for freedom).The first line-up of the group was Garth Dennis, Don Carlos, and Derrick "Duckie" Simpson. The group has undergone several lineup changes: Carlos left, replaced by Michael Rose; then Dennis left to play with The Wailing Souls, and was replaced by Errol Nelson.
During this early period, the band's most famous recording is the album entitled Love Crisis, later rereleased as Black Sounds Of Freedom. In 1979 the group was joined by Sandra "Puma" Jones, a social worker from North Carolina, USA.
Under this lineup, (Rose, Simpson and Jones), with Sly & Robbie as producers (and also permanently employed on drum and bass), they released the band's most popular albums: Sinsemilla, Red, Chill Out, and the Grammy-winning Anthem¹, as well as others.
During this period, Black Uhuru became one of the most popular reggae groups in the world, regularly touring with the likes of The Police and The Rolling Stones. Live 1984 (a concert at the Rockpalast in Germany, but was actually recorded on October 18, 1981) captures the band at the height of its powers.
After Rose went solo in 1985, Junior Reid joined for a few records and also left; Puma Jones left in 1987 (and died of cancer three years later, in 1990). In 1990, Simpson reunited with Dennis and Carlos in the original line-up of the group.
They recorded several albums and toured extensively. By the end of the 90's, Dennis and Carlos left the band and fought a legal battle against Simpson over the name Black Uhuru. Simpson won the lawsuit and formed yet another incarnation of Black Uhuru with Andrew Bees as lead singer.
Only one album, Dynasty, was released before Bees left the group.In February 2004, it was announced in the Jamaican press that Simpson and Michael Rose had re-united under the name "Black Uhuru feat. Michael Rose".
Together with a female backing singer named Kay Starr, they released a single, "Dollars" and performed at several concerts including "Western Consciousness 2004" on April 28 in Jamaica, of which a live video was released shortly thereafter.
A new album has been reported to be in progress.== Discography =='''Group: Derrick "Duckie" Simpson, Michael Rose, Errol "Tarzan" Nelson'''*1977 - '''Love Crisis'''*1981 - '''Black Sounds of Freedom''' ("Love Crisis" reedition)'''Group: Derrick "Duckie" Simpson, Michael Rose, Sandra "Puma" Jones'''*1979 - '''Showcase'''*1980 - '''Black Uhuru''' *1980 - '''Sinsemilia'''*1981 - '''Red'''*1982 - '''Chill Out'''*1983 - '''Guess Who's Coming To Dinner''' ("Black Uhuru" reedition)*1983 - '''Anthem''''''Group: Derrick Simpson, Delroy "Junior" Reid, Sandra "Puma" Jones'''*1986 - '''Brutal'''*1987 - '''Positive''' (Puma Jones replaced Olafunke)'''Group: Derrick "Duckie" Simpson, Garth Dennis, Don Carlos'''*1990 - '''Now'''*1991 - '''Iron Storm'''*1993 - '''Mystical truth'''*1994 - '''Strongg''''''Group: Derrick "Duckie" Simpson, Jenifah Nyah, Andrew Bees'''*1998 - '''Unification'''*2001 - '''Dynasty''''''Live / Dub albums:'''*1982 - '''Uhuru in Dub'''*1982 - '''Tear It Up - Live''' (album and video)*1983 - '''The Dub Factor'''*1986 - '''Brutal Dub'''*1987 - '''The Positive Dub'''*1988 - '''Live'''*1988 - '''Live In New York City'''*1990 - '''Now Dub'''*1990 - '''Love Dub''' ("Uhuru In Dub" reedition)*1992 - '''Iron Storm Dub'''*1993 - '''Mystical Truth Dub'''*1994 - '''Strongg Dubb'''*2000 - '''Live 1984'''*2001 - '''In Dub'''*2001 – '''Dubbin'It Live''' (summer 2001, at Paléo Festival)
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