Monday, October 05, 2015

Jamaican Halloween Spooktacular 2015 - Track Three - Vampire

Welcome back!  We're moving along with our first full week of Spooktacular treats and up next is a good one!  

First a little background… Black Uhuru was originally formed in the Waterhouse District of Kingston in 1972.  Original band members Garth Dennis, Don Carlos and Derrick "Duckie" Simpson were unsuccessful in breaking onto the charts and quickly disbanded; Dennis going on to join the Wailing Souls and Carlos pursuing a solo career.  In 1978, Simpson recruited Michael Rose and Sandra "Puma" Jones and with the masterful Sly & Robbie at the helm, they recorded a string of hits including "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner," "Shine Eye Gal" and "General Penitentiary."   In 1980 Black Uhuru was signed by Island Records and their album Sinsemilla, released in July of that year on Island's subsidiary label Mango, reached a world-wide audience and was met with huge acclaim.   They later went on to win the first ever reggae Grammy in 1984 for their album Anthem.  After a falling-out and the subsequent departure of Michael Rose and the sad untimely death of Puma Jones in 1990, Duckie Simpson had to shuffle the lineup once more.  And amazingly he still does so today… Black Uhuru even with its seemingly non-stop revolving door of members remains active.

The track we're gonna hear is "Vampire" and it comes from the aforementioned Mango release Sinsemilla.  Listen as Duckie, Michael Rose and Puma fight against the wretched wrath of the demonic bloodsuckers!  An epic battle of good versus evil that would leave Dr. Van Helsing breathless!  I of course added my usual Hammer film embellishment at the top because it ain't Halloween around Distinctly Jamaican Sounds unless we get to hear an educational vampire snippet!

Black Uhuru - Vampire - 2015 Jamaican Halloween Spooktacular Track Three

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