Originally published October 2012
MIDNIGHT RAVER SPEAKS WITH BLACK UHURU FOUNDER GARTH DENNIS ABOUT HIS UPCOMING ALBUM TITLED ‘TRENCHTOWN: 19 THIRD STREET,’ REHEARSING WITH JOE HIGGS, AND CO-CREATING THE GREATEST REGGAE COLLECTIVE THIS SIDE OF THE WAILERS.
EXCLUSIVE! GARTH DENNIS SHARES HIS BRAND NEW UNRELEASED TRACKS FROM THE FORTHCOMING ALBUM TRENCHTOWN: 19 THIRD STREET featuring DON CARLOS, RAS MICHAEL!
Photo: Copyright Maverick
Former founding member of Black Uhuru and legendary Wailing Souls vocalist Rudolph “Garth” Dennis is preparing the release of his first solo album titled 19 Third Street since leaving a reunited Black Uhuru nearly 20 years ago. Since releasing their first song with Tommy Cowan, a beautiful cover of Curtis Mayfield’s “Romancing To The Folk Song” (pressed as “Folk Song” on the Top Cat label) in 1972, Garth Dennis blazed a trail through popular reggae which many have followed, yet very few have been able to match.
In this exclusive interview, Garth talks about growing up in Trench Town at 19 Third Street (where he witnessed brother-in-law Joe Higgs rehearse The Wailers; forming and naming Uhuru (later to become Black Uhuru) on the streets of Waterhouse; his successful run with the Wailing Souls; and his reunion and departure from the original Black Uhuru in 1998.
It is under his ackee tree at 14 Balcombe Drive, in the heart of the Waterhouse section of West Kingston that Rudolph ‘Garth’ Dennis rehearses two talented, but ruff rudebwoys. His method is demanding – persistence and repetition is key, perfection is a must – a method he learned watching his revered brother-in-law, a short and stony brother named Joe Higgs, as he rehearsed The Wailers to exhaustion every afternoon in the Dennis family home at 19 Third Street in Trench Town.