Fri, April 27, 2018, 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Welcome to the Redwood Cafe Stage Grammy Award Winner Black Uhuru with Resident DJ Loisaida mixing the good grooves!
Derrick “Duckie” Simpson, the “Gong Gong Gullie” is the founder and leader for reggae’s BLACK UHURU. Rounding out the current line-up is Andrew “Bee’s” Beckford. Although going through numerous lead singers and musicians, they have remained one of the most recognized and prolific reggae band for over 50 years.
The roots of BLACK UHURU were formed in Kingston Jamaica’s Waterhouse district also known as “Firehouse” in the early 60′s. Though considered to be one of Jamaica’s toughest neighborhoods it’s home to several other reggae singers and musicians. It was where Duckie Simpson grew up and learned to sing from boyhood friends Winston “Pipe” Matthews and Lloyd “Bread” McDonald of Wailing Souls and Bob Marley. He recorded four tracks with Wailing Souls before forming his own group.
BLACK UHURU made reggae history when they won the first ever Grammy Award for reggae music in 1984 for the album Anthem. As the new millennium approached, there came a new lead singer yet again from Waterhouse named Andrew “Bee’s” Beckford.
Despite all of BLACK UHURU’s change of different singers and musicians the one thing that has always remained is Derrick “Duckie” Simpson. Much respect to a legendary figure for Reggae Music, the group is presently working on releasing a new album featuring Duckie on lead.
Uhuru means freedom in Swahili.
Presented by A Miracle Production [AMP]
$25 Advance/$30 Day of Show
8240 Old Redwood Hwy