Black Uhuru


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One of reggae's longest-running and most-beloved groups, Black Uhuru continues to reinvent itself with remarkable ease for a band whose chosen style is more susceptible to fads and stylistic changes than most. Debuting the band's fifth lineup, featuring new vocalists O'Neill "Andrew Bees" Beckford and Jennifer "Jenifah Nyah" Connally--the latter of whom sounds and looks unnervingly like Black Uhuru's best female singer, the late Puma Jones--1998's UNIFICATION makes subtle adjustments to Black Uhuru's patented style.

Booming electronic percussion and rubbery bass, more prominent even than on classic '70s reggae albums, highlight the arrangements, but at all times, the focus is on Beckford's sweet lead vocals and the piercing harmonies of Connally and Black Uhuru founder and mainstay Duckie Simpson. Always among the poppiest of all Jamaican reggae bands, Black Uhuru continue their unique reggae-pop-R&B hybrid on outstanding tunes like "Can't Fight It" and "Lullaby Love."

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