For over 25 years, Michael Rose has been recording and performing his brand of militant, hardcore Jamaican music to the delight of reggae fans around the world. As a solo artist, with Black Uhuru, and back as a solo artist, the “Ruff” Rose has achieved great success throughout his career, even as different Jamaican musical styles have phased in and out of popularity.
Perhaps the highest profile recognition came in 1984, when Michael Rose and the other Black Uhuru members (Duckie Simpson, Puma Jones, Sly Dunbar, and Robbie Shakespeare) won reggae’s first Grammy award for the album, Anthem. But the story doesn’t begin with Black Uhuru. In 1976, Michael Rose was already a seasoned performer, having honed his skills by performing on Jamaica’s hotel circuit. When an early incarnation of Black Uhuru (Ducky Simpson and Errol Nelson) approached Michael to join the group, he already had several solo singles to his credit. These include the original “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner” and “Clap the Barber,” both recorded for producer Niney The Observer, and “Running Around” for Winston Campbell.
Black Uhuru’s first full length 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 vocal style all his own. 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, and won the first reggae Grammy for Anthem in 1984. Even today, Island continues to capitalize on the group’s success by re-compiling and re-releasing the group’s Island years material.
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.
As a solo artist, Michael regularly tours the U.S. and Europe, and has maintained his Jamaican fan base with hit singles on the island and abroad. He is a modern roots singer, and fits perfectly into today’s scene. With a glorious past and a wide-open future, Michael Rose is truly a reggae superstar.
The Wailing Souls have been producing great music since the 60’s. Originally the Renegades, Lloyd “Bread” McDonald and Winston “Pipe” Matthews recorded backing vocals for Ernest Ranglin. Shortly after this they began making big tunes for Sir Coxsone Dodd of Studio One. Some of these recordings are regarded as some of their their best work. A big break in the early 80’s brought “Pipe and the Pipers” to Tuff Gong, Bob Marley’s label. Solidifying their own style, raw vocals and fat harmonies, combined with a gifted ability to put words to music, The Wailing Souls were able to make music that touched the masses.
Over the years, The Wailing Souls teamed with a few different artists, George Buddy Haye an original Renegade, Osawald Downer and Norman Davis of the “Pipers,” Garth Dennis of Black Uhuru and Joe Higgs, but the heart and soul of McDonald and Matthews never wavered and continually pushed forward the righteous path of the Wailing Souls.
The late 70’s brought the Wailing Souls to Channel One, where they re-recorded one of their biggest hits “Things and Times”. A short while later they formed their own label – Massive. The 80’s brought Bread and Pipe to the Taxi label, recording two hit albums for Sly & Robbie. Immediately they dropped “Fire House Rock” for producer Henry “Junjo” Lawes, which turned out to be one of their most popular records. Greensleeves joined the party, releasing multiple albums for the Wailing Souls during this same period. In the 90’s, Bread and Pipe signed with Sony, and garnered international acclaim with 1992’s “All Over the World” and 1994’s “Live On.” The Wailing Souls now stand tall as one of the greatest reggae acts in the world.
Junior X is a talented Rastafarian songster whose inspiration hails from the most high. Born in East Kingston Jamaica, Junior X’s love for music was innate and fostered by his involvement in the school choir while in primary school. He attended the Home Basic School and the ElletsonPrimary School before completing his secondary education at GaynsteadHigh School. While in high school Junior X formed a group called The Brimstone Crew along with several other youths from his neighborhood. Together they spent countless time penning lyrics and performing in the community. Eventually the group grew apart and Junior X was left alone to pursue his musical ambitions. In the 1990’s Junior X began working with Dennis Wright, who was the manager of Chaka Demus& Pliers. While working with Wright, he co-wrote several songs with the hit making duo. In 2002 Junior X began working with Herbs House Entertainment. The label released several singles by Junior X, including Plead My Cause, Freedom and Seek Your Goal, all of which became big hits in Jamaica. As a result of his music’s popularity, Junior X has performed in several countries counting Japan, the United States of America and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, just to name a few. He has also continued to record music and perform on major events such as Champions in Action, Rebel Salute and Bob Marley Birthday Celebrations. Junior X’s fan base is growing at an increasingly high rate as he travels across the globe on a mission to eliminate negativity through his music. Junior X is currently working on new music and preparing for a USA summer tour with his current label home Revolutionary Entertainment. Owned by music extraordinaire Dennis Livingston, the record label is working closely with Junior X to continuously develop a bigger and brighter brand for the artist.
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Conjunto Liberacion, is a 9 piece Salsa Band comprised of musicians of different ethnic backgrounds who grew up listening to and now enjoy playing salsa music. Conjunto Liberacion would love to share their passion and their music with dancers and listeners with the same interest & passion for this genre of music. Led by Hector Conde,(timbales) and Marco Valle, (congas) the group which consists of: Eddie Vidales (bass), Aggy Chukuma (piano), Leo Servin (vocals & percussion) Ness G. (vocals), and backed by the experienced horn section of Mike Breit (trumpet), Dave Metzger (trumpet), Steve Gonsoulin (trombone) & David Bowman (trombone).
Conjunto Liberacion’s repertoire is heavily influenced by the New York City sound of 70’s & 80’s of Groups like; Fania Allstars, Sonora Ponceña, Gran Combo, and Willie Colon & Ruben Blades. Our main objective Is to bring enjoyment thru our music and simply make you dance…