So in 1989 the founding three members of Waterhouse’s pride and joy decide to reunite to record a new album. This is the first time Duckie Simpson, Don Carlos, and Garth Dennis have performed together as Black Uhuru since 1975.
I saw Black Uhuru on the 1989 NOW tour and it was really something special to see. I am an absolute fanatic about that album to this day. To see Don, Duckie, and Garth perform those early Uhuru tunes, and to discover their new music, was an amazing experience for this 16-year old white boy. Without a doubt the best Uhuru line-up ever. When those three vibe together on-stage or in the studio…wow…
Included at the bottom are two news articles. the first, published in Musician magazine November 1, 1981, calls Black Uhuru the next big thing in reggae. Fast-forward 16 years to 1997 and the three founding members are embroiled in litigation over the rights to use the name “BLACK UHURU.” This case is discussed in-depth in my 2012 interview with Garth Dennis.
Here is a soundboard audio recording of their performance at the 1989 Glastonbury festival on June 17, 1989.
BLACK UHURU REUNION TOUR 1989
JUNE 17, 1989
01. Shine Eye Gal
02. General Penitentiary
03. Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner
04. The Heathen
05. Peace And Love
06. Satan Army Band
07. What Is Life
09. Hey Joe