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Originally known as Uhuru, Black Uhuru first came together in 1972, in Kingston, Jamaica. Their first single was a Curtis Mayfield cover that failed to chart. The group disbanded, eventually re-forming and releasing their first album in 1977. Over the years, many members have come and gone, with Duckie Simpson as the lone constant. Catch them live on one of their US tour stops; grab your Black Uhuru tickets at StubHub.
Black Uhuru background
The classic Black Uhuru lineup from the late '70s and early '80s included Simpson, Michael Rose and Sandra "Puma" Jones. Duckie Simpson was born in Kingston in 1950. Music was one of the few opportunities open to him. Michael Rose, born in 1957, hails from Kingston, too. Puma Jones hailed from South Carolina, and graduated from the Columbia University School of Social Work before joining the band. The band experienced a rocky few first years. They settled on the name Black Uhuru in 1977. They became known as a singles act. Hits from this era include "General Penitentiary," and "Shine Eyed Gal," which featured Keith Richards on guitar. In 1980, Black Uhuru's set at the Reggae Sunsplash Festival attracted a lot of attention. The group signed to Island Records that same year.
Black Uhuru career milestones
Black Uhuru's 1981 album, Red, was a commercial hit in the UK, reaching No. 28 on the charts. It was also critically acclaimed. In fact, Rolling Stone critic Ken Emerson famously said the album was one "ray of hope" for reggae during the year of Bob Marley's death. They toured with the Rolling Stones on the strength of this album and its follow-up, Chill Out. Their success continued throughout the 1980s. In 1985, Black Uhuru won the first ever Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album. The band lineup changed again, with Rose leaving and Junior Reid taking his place. In 1987, Puma Jones left the band to battle breast cancer. She passed away in 1990, aged just 36. Duckie Simpson's former bandmate, Don Carlos, rejoined him as part of the Black Uhuru's new lineup. Currently, Black Uhuru tours and makes music. They have been nominated for six more Grammy Awards over the years.