A Grammy-Winning Reggae Group Has Released Their First Album In 15 Years

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From left to right: Michael Rose, Puma Jones, and Duckie Simpson. (Photo by © Deborah Feingold/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Oct. 26, 2018: 1984 Grammy reggae winner and the group dubbed the legendary godfathers of reggae, is back with its first album in 15 years.

Black Uhuru, the Jamaican reggae group formed in 1972, initially as Uhuru, released the new album, “As The World Turns,” on September 7th on all major platforms via the San Francisco-based Independent Distribution Collective.

“As The World Turns” captures original songs and strong cameos and for the first times in years, Duckie Simpson, the iconic founder of the band, has stepped out in front to bring his earthy, soulful baritone to the album.

The album carries on a powerful legacy of conscious roots reggae that started in Kingston and continues around the planet. After spending five decades making music, Black Uhuru still maintains its signature sound, keeping everything on tape, old-school.

The group also pays tribute to lost lights, adding new flavor to Peter Tosh’s classic ode to hope, faith, and Jah, “Jah Guide,” along with Bob Marley’s “Stand Alone;” a version of “African Herbman” called “Jamaica Herbman” and a take on the Clash’s version of Junior Murvin’s “Police & Thief.”

From humble beginnings, Black Uhuru won the unsurprising honor of being the best-selling reggae act in history, second only to Bob Marley and the Wailers.

They toured with the Rolling Stones and the Police, then bust down the barriers all on their own; barriers that have too often kept reggae stars out of the American mainstream.

Several of their albums sold tens of millions of copies, including the GRAMMY-winning, ‘Anthem,’ and the BBC called them “THE name to drop.”

Black Uhuru was also one of the first bands to seriously incorporate dub elements into their songs, with its undulating, up-front bass lines.

The band is headed on an East Coast US Tour with stops in major cities New York, Washington DC, Philadelphia and Boston. Plans of a West Coast Tour will be in March 2019.