One of Jamaica’s most distinguished singers, as a member of Black Uhuru Mykal Rose was one of the foundation stones of the roots movement
His work with Uhuru helped bring the group a Grammy, while his distinctive vocals launched an entire musical style — the Waterhouse sound.
In 1972 he joined up with childhood friend Sly Dunbar and had a series of solo singles for various producers like Niney the Observer, Lee Scratch Perry before being bought to producer Prince Jammy. Jammy then introduced Rose to Ducky Simpson, who was trying to reconstitute his vocal trio Uhuru.
The trio recorded their 1977 debut album Love Crisis for Jammy, which was later remixed and given an international release as Black Sounds of Freedom.
The most successful of the second-generation reggae bands, Black Uhurumaintained their high quality despite numerous personnel changes in their 40-plus-year history. The first reggae band to win a Grammy award, for their 1983 album Anthem, Black Uhuru was called “The most dynamic and progressive reggae act of the 1970s and early ’80s.”
Black Uhuru led the roots movement into the international arena.
Across a glittering career of classic singles and masterful albums – Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, Red, Sensimilla, Chill Out, Tear it Up Live.
This is a show not to be missed.