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Black Uhuru

Dynasty  RAS 3020

BLACK UHURU DYNASTY RAS 3266

Streedate: October 9, 2001

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From that time until this time, Black Uhuru (the Swahili word for freedom) has always represented the gritty sound of reggae and has always stayed firm in their convictions to promote the political and spiritual side of reggae. In their many incarnations, Black Uhuru have always had Duckie "Gong" Simpson as the leader and torch-bearer of the Uhuru sound.

Having won the first Grammy ever for reggae, there has always been a great amount of responsibility placed on the group. Having toured with the Rolling Stones and The Police, Black Uhuru received great exposure beyond the reggae audiences that most Jamaican artists perform to.

After Michael Rose left the group and was replaced by Junior Reid, Uhuru recorded two brilliant albums for RAS. Later, Don Carlos and Garth Dennis rejoined the group and a number of recordings were done for the Mesa/Blue Moon label. Now, with Andrew Bees as the lead singer, Black Uhuru is again poised to dominate the field of militant reggae ambassadors.

Throughout "Dynasty" the trademark Black Uhuru sound is very evident. With Sly Dunbar contributing all drum tracks and with stellar performances by Robbie Shakespeare, Earl "Chinna" Smith, Dean Fraser, Robbie Lyn and Asher Brissett to round out a field of musical stalwarts, we have a production that all Uhuru fans are bound to love and treasure.

Black Uhuru is being discovered by a whole new legion of fans who know the name, but are now getting re-acquainted with the Black Uhuru sound. With this new release we expect to see a whole new resurgence of Uhuru fans. Support Black Uhuru and you will support black freedom. Onward, through the fog.

 


  1. Liberation 2000
  2. Mother Of Iration
  3. Stability
  4. Dread To Be Rasta
  5. Prophecy
  6. Bone Alone
  7. Proselyte
  8. Top Of The Pop
  9. Psychopathic Drunkies
  10. Unfair Game
  11. Evil Spiritual Gangster
  12. Gathering Time

 

1. LIBERATION 2000

LEAD VOCAL: Andrew Bees 
DRUM: Sly Dunbar
BASS: Robbie Shakespeare
LEAD GUITAR: Earl "Chinna" Smith
ACOUSTIC GUITAR: Earl "Chinna’ Smith
PIANO: Asher
SYNTHESIZER: Robbie Lyn
HARMONY: Pam Hall / Gong Simpson

2. MOTHER OF IRATION

LEAD VOCAL: Andrew Bees 
DRUM: Sly Dunbar
BASS: Robbie Shakespeare
PIANO/SYNTHESIZER: Robbie Lyn
SAXOPHONE: Dean Frazer
TROMBONE: Nambo Robinson
TRUMPET: Chico Chin
HARMONY: Pam Hall, Duckie

3. STABILITY

LEAD VOCAL: Andrew Bees 
DRUM: Sly Dunbar
BASS: Daniel "Axeman" Thompson
LEAD GUITAR: Earl "Chinna" Smith
ACOUSTIC GUITAR: "Earl "Chinna" Smith
PIANO/SYNTHESIZER: Asher Brissett
PERCUSSION: Sky Juice
HARMONY: Joan McKenzie, Duckie

4. DREAD TO BE RASTA (NYAHBINGHI BREACH)

LEAD VOCAL: Andrew Bees 
DRUM: Sly Dunbar
BASS: Daniel "Axeman" Thompson
GUITAR: Pernell Webb
PIANO/SYNTHESIZER: Asher Brissett
HARMONY: Carlene Ford, Joan McKenzie, Ducky
PERC: Harry T

5. PROPHECY

LEAD VOCAL: Duckie Simpson, Andrew Bees 
DRUM: Sly Dunbar
BASS: Daniel "Axeman" Thompson
GUITAR: Earl "Chinna" Smith
SYNTHESIZER: Asher / Robbie Lyn
PERCUSSION: Sky Juice
SAXOPHONE: Dean Frazer
HARMONY: Pam Hall / Gong Simpson

6. BONE ALONE

LEAD VOCAL: Duckie Simpson 
DRUM: Sly Dunbar
BASS: Daniel "Axeman" Thompson
GUITAR: Earl "Chinna" Smith
PIANO: Asher Brissett
SYNTHESIZER: Robbie Lyn
SYNTHFLUTE: Asher Brissett
SAXOPHONE: Dean Frazer
TROMBONE: Nambo Robinson
TRUMPET: Chico Chin
PERCUSSION: Sky Juice
HARMONY: Micky Burt

7. PROSELYTE

LEAD VOCAL: Duckie Simpson 

 

 

8. TOP OF THE POP

LEAD VOCAL: Andrew Bees
DRUM: Sly Dunbar
BASS: Robbie Shakespeare
GUITAR: Earl "Chinna" Smith
PIANO/SYNTHESIZER: Robbie Lyn
SAXOPHONE: Dean Frazer
TROMBONE: Nambo Robinson
TRUMPET: Chico Chin
HARMONY: Joan McKenzie, Duckie

9. PSYCHOPATHIC DRUNKIES

LEAD VOCAL: Andrew Bees 
DRUM: Sly Dunbar
BASS: Robbie Shakespeare
GUITAR: Pernell Webb
PIANO/SYNTHESIZER: Asher Brissett
HARMONY: Pam Hall, Duckie

10. UNFAIR GAME

LEAD VOCAL: Duckie Simpson 
DRUM: Sly Dunbar
BASS: Daniel "Axeman" Thompson
LEAD GUITAR: Earl "Chinna" Smith
SKA GUITAR: Earl "Chinna" Smith
PIANO/ORGANS: Tony Asher
SYNTHESIZER: Robbie Lyn
HARMONY: Pam Hall / Gong Simpson

11. EVIL SPIRITUAL GANGSTER (Rocky)

LEAD VOCAL: Andrew Bees 
DRUM: Sly Dunbar
BASS: Robbie Shakespeare
PIANO/SYNTHESIZER: Asher Brissett
SAXOPHONE: Dean Frazer
TROMBONE: Nambo Robinson
TRUMPET: Chico Chin
CONGO/DRUM: Harry T.
PERCUSSION: Sky Juice
HARMONY: Pam Hall, Duckie

12. GATHERING TIME

LEAD VOCAL: Duckie Simpson 
DRUM: Sly Dunbar
BASS: Daniel "Axeman" Thompson
ACOUSTIC GUITAR: Earl "Chinna" Smith
PIANO/SYNTHESIZER: Robbie Lyn
NYAHBINGHI DRUM: Harry T.
FUNDEH: Sky Juice
HARMONY: Pam Hall / Gong Simpson

Recorded at Music Works and Taxi Studios: Kingston, Jamaica
Mixed by Jim Fox at LION and FOX Recording Studios, USA

c RAS 2001

p RAS 2001

 

 


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