Black Uhuru

Black Uhuru are a Jamaican reggae group formed in the Waterhouse district of Kingston Jamaica in 1972, initially as Uhuru (Swahili for 'freedom'). Over the years, despite several line-up changes, Black Uhuru has released many successful albums and remained one of the most important reggae artists in the world.
Derrick "Duckie" Simpson, Garth Dennis, and Don Carlos started the group in the early seventies. Subsequently, Carlos left to pursue a solo career, as did Dennis to join The Wailing Souls. Simpson formed a new version of Uhuru with Errol Nelson (of The Jayes) and Michael Rose, taking the name Black Sounds Uhuru. Their Prince Jammy-produced debut album, Love Crisis, was released in 1977. Nelson returned to The Jayes in late 1977, and was replaced the following year by Sandra “Puma” Jones, a social worker from South Carolina USA, and the band now took on their most familiar name, Black Uhuru.
Black Uhuru began working extensively with Sly & Robbie, and recorded a string of successful singles, including "General Penitentiary", "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner", and "Shine Eye Gal", which featured guest guitarist Keith Richards. The group's second album Showcase drew on these singles, and the band cemented their status with a performance at the 1980 Reggae Sunsplash festival. They were signed by Island Records in 1980, who issued the Sinsemilla album to an international audience in 1981. The follow-up, Red, reached number 28 in the UK Albums Chart in 1981, Chill Out reached number 38 a year later, and they toured with The Rolling Stones. In 1989, their album Red was ranked #23 on Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the 100 Greatest albums of the 1980’s. Their next studio album, Anthem, appeared in 1984, and won the first ever Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album the following year. They also had their most successful UK multiples that year with "What is Life?" which reached number 1 in the UK Singles Chart.
Despite this success, Rose left the group to resume his solo career and was replaced by Junior Reid. They signed to RAS Records and released the album Brutal and the single "The Great Train Robbery". Brutal was nominated for a Grammy and "The Great Train Robbery" gave them their second UK hit single, reaching number 62. Ultimately, Jones left the band due to ill health (she died in 1990 from cancer). Her replacement was Janet "Olafunke" Reid, and the group returned in 1988 with the Positive album.
In 1990, Black Uhuru briefly reunited the original line-up with Duckie Simpson, Don Carlos and Garth Dennis, and The Now album followed in 1991, and was also nominated for a Grammy. Shortly thereafter, a legal battle over the name followed, won by Duckie Simpson in 1997. Don Carlos resumed his solo career, Garth Dennis resumed working with Wailing Souls, and Duckie Simpson formed a new line-up of Black Uhuru with Andrew Bees - another talented singer from the Waterhouse district of Kingston - and Kay Starr, releasing the album, Dynasty, in 2001 to critical acclaim.
From 2001 to the present, Black Uhuru has toured around the world with vocalists Duckie Simpson, Andrew Bees, and Kay Starr being joined by stellar musicians onstage (often including Sly & Robbie as the rhythm section) for memorable and critically acclaimed performances. Black Uhuru are currently planning the release of their newest album on which Duckie Simpson, Andrew Bees, and Kay Starr will continue the sound that has defined the group while also exploring new musical ground. Rumors coming out of Kingston indicate that the new record contains some of the group’s best material to date.

Mike Pinto has crafted an exceptional style of songwriting, with a truly unique take on Roots, Vintage Rock, Reggae, Ska and Classic Surf, but it’s his distinct voice and seamless storytelling that has brought him success both in the States and overseas. With the release of his debut album (Little District, 2005), Pinto began his attack on the Philadelphia music scene as a solo artist. By 2006, underground success and a rabid growing fanbase allowed him to expand westward with two nationwide solo acoustic tours. After the second tour, Pinto decided to relocate to San Diego where he immersed himself in the thriving Southern California music scene and quickly gained a name.

Pinto’s music quickly traveled out of the continental States and can be found on Japanese compilations, on Hawaii's top radio stations by huge supporter and top radio personality Shaggy Jenkins as well as topping charts in Guam. As in Pinto fashion, the hype was followed up with tours where he sold out shows in Guam, Big Island, Maui and Oahu, creating even more buzz in the wakes.

In late 2007 Pinto teamed up with professional skateboarder and legendary Drummer/Producer Chuck Treece (Pearl Jam, G Love, Bad Brains, McRad) and released his most complete work to date. With Treece lending his knack for producing and playing a number of the instruments on the album, Pinto's self-titled album has sold tens of thousands of copies worldwide. The album gained so much attention that Pinto was urged to follow it up with an entirely acoustic version of which was released in 2008.

With a focus on creating community and delivering a live show reminiscent of Vintage Rock and Roll, there is no denying the impact Mike Pinto will have in 2010.

- Released acoustic album “Everything I Got” April 2009
- Three national tours (two with a band) in a 6-month period (July ’09 –Nov. ’09)
- Has played live shows with horns/members of Slightly Stoopid and Sublime

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Black Uhuru with Mike Pinto

Friday, November 8 · 9:00 PM at The Social

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