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MYKAL ROSE with SLY & ROBBIE
September 20, 2013
One of the top reggae artists in the world with Black Uhuru original members
Friday, Sep 20
- 10:30pm $35 adv, $39 door
- open dance floor!
The legendary Sly and Robbie produced many of the great hit reggae rhythm tracks over the years. They have an extensive history. One of their greatest periods besides touring with Peter Tosh was during their collaboration with Black Uhuru. Perhaps the highest profile recognition came in 1984, when Michael Rose, Duckie Simpson, Puma Jones, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare won reggae's first Grammy award for the album – Anthem – in 1984.
Sly and Robbie are a prolific Jamaican rhythm section and production duo. Drummer Sly Dunbar and bassist Robert Shakespeare joined in the mid-1970s after establishing themselves separately in Jamaica as professional musicians. Sly and Robbie are estimated to have played on or produced 200,000 recordings, many of them on their own label, Taxi Records.
Black Uhuru's first full length album was released in 1977 and called Love Crisis. It was produced by King Jammy (then Prince Jammy), and the big hit of the album was "I Love King Selassie." But it was not until the Showcase album was released in 1980-with a new lineup of Michael Rose, Duckie Simpson, and Puma Jones-that Black Uhuru reached their creative peak. Heartbeat reissued the set on CD (Guess Who's Coming To Dinner, HB 18), which includes the massive 12" singles "Shine Eye Gal," "General Penitentiary," "Plastic Smile," and of course, "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner."
At the forefront of the recordings and live shows was the charismatic Michael Rose, who had incredible stage presence and a distinct vocal style. So popular was his trademark sound that singers like Don Carlos, Junior Reid, Yami Bolo , and others embraced it as the "Waterhouse" sound.
Throughout the first half of the 1980s, Black Uhuru continued their success with albums on Island Records - Sinsemilla, Red, Chill Out and Anthem along with compilations, dub albums, and live albums. They became the best-known reggae act since Bob Marley.
With lead singer Michael Rose seemingly at the top of his game, he parted ways with Black Uhuru, with the intention of redefining his musical direction as a solo artist. In the early 1990s, Michael Rose suddenly appeared on the scene with new material including Jamaican singles produced by Sly & Robbie ("Monkey Business," "Visit Them," "One a We Two a We"), and three albums (Proud, Bonanza, and King of General) released in Japan.
Michael Rose is currently one of the top reggae artists in the world. He continues to headline many of the best reggae festivals. March, April 2013 Michael completed his last North American tour with his top notch Jamaican band along with Sister Carol as the opening act. The tour drew well and was well received. Michael has been touring North America steadily for the last five years.
Michael Rose is undoubtedly an exceptionally talented vocalist and performer. Michael is the favored voice of Black Uhuru, with his Waterhouse slurs, effective songwriting, militant dancing and vocal sound. Now Michael has transcended Black Uhuru and his show is better than ever. His dancing and vocal style are loved, copied and appreciated worldwide.
Michael’s most recent hit song out there getting a lot of radio airplay is called Stronger, which is a combination with Baby Cham, Michael Rose and Bounty Killer. Michael’s latest three albums were Warrior, Babylon a Fight and 911 Tip of the Iceburg. He has recently had other hit songs dominating the airwaves - Shootout, Bad a Yard and Born Jamaican. Shoot Out was a mega hit with him and Junior Gong. Another newer hit song he has out, featuring Mavado, is called Gully Gaza, which is accompanied with a music video called Paper Dog. Michael has a new CD out called Show Down Inna Bloody Town that was released by Foreign Key Records in 2013 and is getting a lot of attention. Michael Rose is staying current and in demand.
For more information on Michael Rose, check out his website at www.mykalrosereggae.com
Sly and Robbie, affectionately known as the Riddim Twins, are perhaps the premiere architects of the modern sound of Jamaican music. Building on the cornerstones of Studio 1 and other early pioneers of the Jamaican recording industry, Sly and Robbie became the driving force behind the fabled Channel 1 sound that dominated reggae throughout the late 70's and early 80's. Subsequent work, most notably with Peter Tosh and Black Uhuru, set the pace for the changing sound of reggae in the post-Bob Marley era. Their stellar playing and production work have also graced albums for a host of international artists including, among many, Bob Dylan, Britney Spears, Alicia Keys, UB40’s Ali Campbell, Grace Jones, Joe Cocker, No Doubt, the Fugees, Michael Franti, Sinead O'Connor, The Rolling Stones, and countless others. For more information on Sly and Robbie, their website is www.officialslyandrobbie.com