with special guest Onesty
Tue Mar 12
with special guest Onesty
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The Grammy award-winning & freshly 2019 Grammy nominated reggae group, returns with their newest album, As The World Turns!Buy Tickets
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Grammy Award Winner & 2019 Nominee Black Uhuru!
Derrick “Duckie” Simpson the “Gong Gong Gullie” is the founder and leader for reggae’s BLACK UHURU. Although going through numerous lead singers and musicians they have remained to be one of the most recognized and prolific reggae band for over 50 years.
The roots of BLACK UHURU were formed in Kingston Jamaica’s Waterhouse district also known as “Firehouse” in the early 60′s. Though considered to be one of Jamaica’s toughest neighborhoods it’s home to several other reggae singers and musicians. It was where Duckie Simpson grew up and learned to sing from boyhood friends Winston “Pipe” Matthews and Lloyd “Bread” McDonald of Wailing Souls and Bob Marley. He recorded four tracks with Wailing Souls before forming his own group.
The original Uhuru’s (Swahili for freedom) were Derrick “Duckie” Simpson, Euvin “Don Carlos” Spencer and Rudolph “Garth” Dennis. They only recorded a few singles “Folk Songs” “Time Is On Our Side” and “Slow Coach” before separating. Don went solo and Garth joined Wailing Souls.
Duckie reformed the group adding Michael Rose & Errol “Tarzan” Nelson, both from Waterhouse. They recorded their debut album “Love Crises” in 1977 at Prince Jammy’s famous studio in Waterhouse on St. Lucia Road. It was later re-released as “Black Sounds Of Freedom”. Errol later left to join The Jayes. He was soon replaced by American female singer & dancer Sandra “Puma” Jones. They teamed up with drummer Sly Dunbar and bass player Robbie Shakespeare. Together they developed a musical style full of deep bass thumps, loud drum slaps, sharp keyboards, long instrumentals with guitar riffs, whirly back round noises, echos and the signature”woh oh oh’s” creating they’re “classic” sound. Producing hits like “I Love King Sellassie, “‘Shine Eye Gals”, “General Penitentary” and “What is Life”.
BLACK UHURU released the albums Red, Chill Out, Sensemila and Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner and began to tour the world bringing them to international audiences. It was during this period they started to gain rapid popularity. They opened live shows for the Rolling Stones and the Police. They began to work with other well accomplished producers and musicians. Keith Richards played guitar for the “Shine Eye Gal” track. Dennis Brown “The Crown Prince of Reggae” produced the tracks “Rent Man” and Wood For My Fire”. The track” Spongi Reggae” appeared on an episode of The Bill Cosby Show and “Party in Session” in the movie 1980′s North Shore. BLACK UHURU made reggae history when they won the first ever Grammy Award for reggae music in 1984 for the album Anthem Shortly after the grammy Michael Rose went solo.
Another Waterhouse resident named Delroy “Junior” Reid became the new lead singer. They released two albums Brutal and Positive. The Brutal album was nominated for a grammy. They filmed three music videos for the tracks “Fire City” “Brutal”, and “Great Train Robbery”, that track also played on a popular video game Grand Theft Auto. Sadly in 1990, due to ill health, Sanda “Puma” Jones passed away of cancer. Junior Reid shortly went solo.
Then the original three re-united. They released four albums Now, Iron Storm, Mystical Truth and Strong. Each album was nominated for grammy. They made an award winning music video for the track “Tip Of The Iceberg” featuring rap star Ice-T in 1992. Eventually splitting up again. Carlos & Dennis left again & Duckie stayed again. This time there was a lawsuit brought amongst the group over the band’s legal rights in Los Angeles county court. Derrick Simpson won.
As the new melenium approached there came a new lead singer yet again from Waterhouse named Andrew “Bee’s” Beckford. They released two albums. Unification was produced by King Jammy & Dynasty was produced by Fitzroy Francis & Duckie. They went on a worldwide tour featuring Sly and Robbie and had the famous producer Scientist as its road engineer. Andrew Bee’s then went solo.
In 2007 Duckie & Michael Rose reunited after twenty years. They performed in Jamaica and did one international tour and released the single “Dollars”. In 2011 Duckie reunited with Andrew Bee’s after ten years. He added female backing vocalist Kaye Star and began touring again performing in South America & America.
BLACK UHURU recently performed in a Broadway Musical. The red carpeted event “Loving the Silent Tears: A New Msuical” premiered October 27th 2012 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles Ca. They were invited to represent reggae music and performed a new track “Make A Deal”. And in Las Vegas Nevada BLACK UHURU was recently honored for its contribution to the entertainment industry. August 31st if now officially “Black Uhuru Day” in the city of Las Vegas.
BLACK UHURU’s long success has allowed them to become ambassadors of reggae while earning several achievements in the music industry. With 14 full length albums, 7 instrumental dub albums, and 4 live albums they have the highest record sales in reggae music behind Bob Marley. The album Red was voted #23 for Rolling Stone’s list of “100 Greatest Albums of the 1980′s. Aside from winning the first reggae grammy they have been nominated 5 more times. They are the only reggae group to have won the Diamond Awards of Excellence in 1994.
Despite all of BLACK UHURU’s change of different singers and musicians the one thing that has always remained is Derrick “Duckie” Simpson. Much respect to a legendary figure for Reggae Music. The group is presently working on releasing a new album soon to come. It features Duckie on lead.
Born in Belgium, Tina Sureda Castello, also known as Onesty is a multitalented artist. At the age of six Onesty started to sing in the Antwerp cathedral choir, this experience was the base of her musical evolution. The Sureda family, a spring of vocal talent, surrounded her with music, singing and concerts. She would always follow them around and imitate them when nobody was watching her. Onesty already knew at a tender age, that her main goal was, BECOMING A SINGER. She showed natural songwriting during her early years, as she was only 8 years old when she wrote two completed songs.
As a young teenager Onesty developed a great love for urban music, Reggae, Soul, Hip Hop, R&B etc….. At that time she also joined an urban collective group of dancers. They were called Jobo’s streetwise dancers. They traveled all over Europe, doing different kinds of stages. Still a choreographer and occasional dance teacher, her singing and rapping skills has always been her main focus which has allowed her to be involved with projects, bands and great performances.
In 2006 Onesty stepped up to her calling, her unique sound, with that warm and soulful presence, meant that there was always going to be a place for her as a female European artist to look out for. Her songs are a mixture of Reggae, Soul and R&B with all the special touch you could only find in her music.
Onesty has performed live with Ashamband, a young upcoming Belgian reggae band. Since 2007 she has come together with her own musicians and has been touring Belgium, with additional shows in other parts of Europe to a well received audience and promoters who have welcomed her new fresh sound. Onesty has had the pleasure of opening concerts for international artist such as Max Romeo, Earl 16, Pressure, Blackmann, Red Rat, Tiken Jah Fakoly and many other Belgian bands with international fame like Leki …. The promo Cd “Take Your Time” is produced by Onesty and shows you the beginning of a rich musical evolution.
In 2008 Onesty stepped down on Jamaican soil to feel and join the original reggae force. The young singer is fortunate to work with guitarist producer, Rohan Gordon aka Maka Lox on the Selassie God label. Onesty recorded tracks with Maka Lox at Tuff Gong in Kingston with Horsemouth, the legendary drummer from “Rockers” time. The first song finished was “Is This Love” on a fresh Jamaican Riddim, the song got airplay on Irie FM the number 1 reggae radio station in Jamaica & worldwide.
Onesty has a real immersion in the roots and vibe of Reggae Music. She could work with and draw inspiration from artists such as Earl China Smith, Anthony B, Duane Stephenson, Bobby Digital etc.
She has had an eventful journey so far which has been the source of inspiration for a series of new songs which we can expect in 2013.
She has now joined forces with Ajang Music Production, who are responsible for her career directions and productions. Onesty will be releasing songs off her album which will be due sometime in 2013. The first single being “Life Starts” was released on the 7th January 2013 by Digital Label Zojak Worldwide and can be found on iTunes.