Black Uhuru emerged at the head of a second wave of Jamaican vocal trios, in the wake of dread threesomes like Burning Spear and Culture. Like those earlier groups, Black Uhuru was more or less a platform for singer-songwriter Michael Rose. With drummer Sly Dunbar and the bass of Robbie Shakespeare fully merged within the Uhuru sound, the band became a proper performing unit — a band, distinct from the singers-plus-session-players model predominant in reggae during the ’70s. Sly's enthusiasm for synthetic drum sounds surfaced with a vengeance on Sinsemilla (its title track a paean to the superiority of seedless herb). The militant rhythms carved out by Black Uhuru marked the earliest appearance of the Compass Point sound, named for the Bahamian studio run by Island Records boss Chris Blackwell and often home to Sly & Robbie, who in later years played with everyone from Grace Jones to Carly Simon.
By Richard Henderson on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Black Uhuru emerged at the head of a second wave of Jamaican vocal trios, in the wake of dread threesomes like Burning Spear and Culture. Like those earlier groups, Black Uhuru was more or less a platform for singer-song...
By Wondering Sound Staff on 12.11.14 in Features
Five music critics discuss the best, worst, and most significant moments in Latin music this year.
By Michaelangelo Matos on 12.08.14 in Reviews
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By Claire Lobenfeld on 11.29.14 in News
Spice, Jamaica's queen of dancehall, is gearing up to release her debut EP So Mi Like It. With her contribution to Vybz Kartel's "Rampin Shop," another bananas collab between the two called "Conjugal Visit" and her most...