One of Jamaica’s most successful and oldest roots reggae music outfits, Black Uhuru, is expected in Zimbabwe today to join a galaxy of local and regional artistes who will entertain guests at President Mugabe’s inauguration at the National Sports Stadium in Harare.Renowned Congolese rhumba musician, Koffie Olomide, South African group Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Ndilimani Cultural Troupe from Namibia will join more than 10 local musicians to entertain the more than 60 000 guests expected to throng the Nationhal Sports Stadium today.
Director of urban communications in the Media, Information and Publicity Ministry, Major Anywhere Mutambudzi, confirmed that the Jamaican group together with the three regional outfits were expected in the country this morning.
While the three other regional artistes are no strangers to Zimbabwe, having held several shows before, the Jamaican group is new to these shores expected to ignite a revelry among the legion of music fans expected at the event today.
Black Uhuru (uhuru being a Swahili word for freedom) is a musical group that was formed with a line-up of musicians that included Garth Dennis, Derrick “Duckie” Simpson and Don Carlos. The group’s first release was a cover version of Curtis Mayfield’s “Romancing to the Folks”.
Formed in Kingston Jamaica’s Waterhouse district also known as “Firehouse” in the early 60′s, BLACK UHURU’s long success has allowed them to become ambassadors of reggae while earning several achievements in the music industry. 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.
The album Red was voted #23 for Rolling Stone’s list of “100 Greatest Albums of the 1980′s. Aside from winning the first reggae grammy they have been nominated 5 more times. They are the only reggae group to have won the Diamond Awards of Excellence in 1994. Although going through numerous lead singers and musicians they have remained to be one of the most recognized and prolific reggae band for over 50 years. Expect all their hits that include The Great Train Robbery, Sponji Reggae, Shine Eye Gal, General Penitentiary, Sensamilla, Guess Who’s Coming For Dinner, Wood For My Fire and Rent Man.