Tag Archives: reggae

Blogaroo: Day 3: Dispatch

3 Jun

Dispatch is a Boston-based indie/roots band that was active from 1996 to 2002. While the band took a decade-long hiatus, they’re back in action just in time for Bonnaroo. Following a 2011 national tour, the group released a self-titled EP containing six new songs. It was their first all-new release since 2000.

The band includes Brad Corrigan (vocals, drums, guitar, percussion and harmonica),  Pete Francis Heimbold (vocals, bass and guitar) and Chad Urmston (vocals, guitar, bass and percussion). Their music crosses several genres, including acoustic folk-rock, reggae and funk.

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Blogaroo: Day 24: Black Uhuru

16 May

Black Uhuru is one of the world’s best and most well-known reggae groups. The group got together in Jamaica in 1972 and was originally known as Uhuru, which is Swahili for “freedom.” While Garth Dennis, Don Carlos and Derrick “Duckie” Simpson were among the band’s original members, the line up has changed many times in the four decades the group has been performing. Other members include Jenifah Nyah, Andrew Bees, Delroy “Junior” Reid, Olafunke, Sandra “Puma” Jones, Michael Rose, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare and Errol “Tarzan” Nelson.

While the group has been around forever, they reached their height in 1985, when Anthem won a Grammy for Best Reggae Album, the first year the award was given.

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