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 Uhuru maintained 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.
CHANNEL 1 SOUND SYSTEM
In 1979, Mikey Dread and his brother Jah T began to play at blues parties and local dances having spent many years under the watchful eye of their father, owner operator of the famous Admiral Bailey Sound. They chose the name Channel One in homage to the legendary Jamaican record label of the same name whose tunes featured heavily in those early selections. Inspired by Bob Marley’s belief in uniting people through reggae music, Mikey was keen to introduce new people to dub reggae music and started touring around universities, where he secured a solid fan base.
Channel One’s mission is to break down barriers via reggae music, they have achieved this by playing new venues, new festivals and different countries, taking their unique sound to Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Turkey and all over Europe. Channel One also celebrated 30 consecutive years at the Notting Hill Carnival making them one of the must see soundsystems for attendees to Europes biggest street festival.
Route To Roots is a South Coast based live ten piece hiphop band, combining musical influences that span the spectrum of roots music with conscious lyrics
HEAD SESSIONS SOUND SYSTEM
Music for the heads that know… Education for those that want to know… Strictly vinyl. Southampton crew bring you a fresh selection of fine roots and bass music.