Black Uhuru

Black Uhuru

Legendary reggae act Black Uhuru has announced they have inked a new deal for the release of their upcoming studio album in early 2014. The group has also announced the dates for their upcoming headlining tour across the United States with Mike Pinto as support throughout November and December.

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, Black Uhuru have released many successful albums and remained one of the most important and highly influential reggae artists in the world. Black Uhuru's album "Red" was ranked #23 on Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the 100 Greatest albums of the '80s, they have won a Grammy Award for "Best Reggae Album" and been nominated five times throughout their career. The group have also scored a number one single in the UK for their now classic track "What is Life?". In addition to their other accomplishments, Black Uhuru is the only reggae group to have won the Diamond Awards of Excellence.

Throughout their career, Black Uhuru have become ambassadors of reggae on a worldwide scale and influenced countless artists around the globe.

With 14 full length albums, 7 instrumental dub albums, and 4 live albums they have the highest record sales in reggae music behind Bob Marley.

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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Sunday, December 8 · Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM at The Independent