Derrick “Duckie” Simpson leads his Grammy-winning reggae act through decades of hits in an energized performance; Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds opens
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The Prestige: In a career that has spanned more than four decades and nearly 30 albums, Black Uhuru has emerged as the second highest selling reggae act of all time, right behind Bob Marley.
The Sound: Layers upon layers of dub vibrations that sway from breezy to urgent get glutes and boots shaking, heightened by jaunty upstroke rhythms and spacey vocal and keyboard effects.
The Name: translates to “Black Freedom” in Swahili
Red: Rolling Stone ranked this 1981 album as as one of the 100 Best Albums of the Eighties (ahead of records by Bruce Springsteen, AC/DC, and Janet Jackson) and described it as “a plea for cultural revolution and religious faith.”
History Making Moment: In 1985, the group’s Anthem—a musical valentine to Kingston’s Waterhouse district—landed the first-ever Grammy Award for Best Reggae Recording.
The Lineup: After four decades and many changing tides, founding member Derrick “Duckie” Simpson continues to lead the charge with fellow longtime member Andrew Bees, an ace rhythm section, and a new female singer who nails the parts made famous by the sadly departed Puma Jones.
Uhuru Hits to Expect: “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” “Sponji Reggae,” and the evening-defining “Happiness”
Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds: This Hermosa Beach five-piece conjures laid-back reggae rock on tracks including “One Way” and “Only for You.”