BLACK UHURU

KGNU & Boulder Weekly Present

BLACK UHURU

Selasee & The Fafa Family, Onesty

Tue Sep 26

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Fox Theatre

$20.00

This event is all ages

Ages 15+ without a parent

All tickets are non-exchangeable and non-refundable following purchase

Listed price does not include tax and service charge

Price is the same online, over the phone, or in the Box Office.

NO BAGS

Black Uhuru
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.
Selasee & The Fafa Family
Selasee & The Fafa Family
Born in Accra, Ghana, Selasee grew up exposed to the colorful and energetic sounds of Highlife Music. With this exposure Selasee created his own style—a unique blend of Reggae, West African Highlife and American Pop music. Threading together English and West African lyrics for a bright and captivating sound.

Growing up in Accra, he realized his passion for music and gained a good understanding on music’s effect on people. Performing at school, church and being around his elders, selasee-bwSelasee developed and cultivated his musical talents. In 1995, he formed the African Pop group Makuma thus releasing a self titled album “Makuma.” In 1996, Selasee formed a gospel group called Heart To Heart who in 1997 recorded a debut album “Love For All” followed by “Heart To Heart.”

In 2001, Selasee immigrated to the US where he continued to aspire on his solo career. During this time, Selasee signed on with Running Dreams Records under management with Sean Cassidy. In 2005, Selasee recorded his debut album “Run” on Running Dreams Records. That same year the title track “Run” won first place in the World Music genre of the International Song Writers Competition. The Tracks “Run” and “Makuma” were also featured in the 2006 FIFA Soccer and 2007 Cricket video games by EA Sports.

In 2006, Selasee performed at MIDEM 06’ in Nice, France and MUSEXPO 06’ in Los Angeles, California. In 2009 he was honored by The Independent Music Awards winning the “Best World Fusion Song” award for his song “Agba Yei”. In 2010, Selasee recorded and released his second album named “African Gate” on Black Eye Watching Label.

In 2014, Selasee embarked on a new album produced by the legendary Aston “Family Man” Barrett of Bob Marley & The Wailers—Bob Marley’s Music Director. This album also included a special appearance by Anthony B. The album was released in the early part of 2015. The title track “Time For peace” was awarded “Best World Beat Song” by the Akademia Music Awards. Here is a link to a review of the latest album: http://www.allaboutjazz.com/time-for-peace-selasee-and-the fafa-family-self-produced-review-by-james-nadal.php

On the touring circuit, Selasee has shared the stage with reggae legends Steel Pulse, The Wailers, Third World, The Mighty Diamonds, Don Carlos, Barrington Levy, King Yellowman, The Melodians and Anthony B. ….most recently,he has shared stages with Steel Pulse,Taurus Riley Beenie Man,Black Uhuru and Julian Marley among others….

In his own words — “Humility is power!”
Onesty
Onesty
 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, she showed natural songwriting talent during her early years, as she was only 8 years old when she wrote two songs. As a young teenager ONESTY developed a great love for urban, Reggae, Soul, Hip Hop, R&B etc….. At that time she also joined an urban collective group of dancers: Jobo’s Streetwise Dancers and the Chicca’s Complicadas D4K.

In 2007 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 Reggae artist. In her songs you find that special touch you could only find in her music. Onesty has a real immersion in the roots and vibe of Reggae Music.

“Reggae music to me is like a destiny I could never walk away from. I want to send a message into the world with my music, one that could encourage people to live more conscious. “She has had an eventful journey so far which had been the source of inspiration for a series of new songs which we can expect in the near future with her debut album still to be released.

In 2008 Onesty stepped down on Jamaican soil for the first time to feel and join the original reggae force. In 2009 the first song finished was “Is This Love” on a fresh Jamaican Riddim and launched the start of an international career as a reggae artist. ONESTY Has been performing live with young upcoming Belgian reggae bands and has been touring Belgium and other parts of Europe to a well-received her fresh sound. Onesty has had the pleasure of opening on concerts for international artist such as Ziggi Marley, Collie Buddz, Max Romeo, Earl 16, Pressure, Red Rat, Tikenja Fakoly and many more... In 2009 ONESTY performed live on Reggae Geel, Belgium’s biggest Reggae Festival ONESTY has now joined forces with Ajang Music Productions, directed by Jermaine Forde and Marcia Simpson who are responsible for her career and productions. ONESTY is currently promoting singles and videos on TV- and Radio stations in Jamaica on around the world. Since 2013 ONESTY has released several singles with titles like “Life Starts”, “Not Good Enough”, “Hold On”, “What love is”, “Be with me ft. Blacker “ and keeps going strong with a debut album that is soon to be released.

The Belgian reggae singer performed live shows in 2014 with the legendary Black Uhuru in France and Belgium and In 2015 ONESTY goes on tour with Lady G and Alison Hinds in North Carolina, Philadelphia, Connecticut and New York. She made good rounds, while building her fan base she has more shows coming up this year in Kingston, US and Europe. For who wants to see this great performer Live, follow and join her on social media and keep up to date with tour dates and releases.
Venue Information:
Fox Theatre
1135 13th St
Boulder, CO, 80302
http://www.foxtheatre.com