The Cedar Presents
BLACK UHURU with Onesty
Sunday March 31st, 2019 / Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 7:30 PM
$25 Advance / $30 Day of Show
This is a standing show with an open floor. General Admission tickets are available online, by phone, Electric Fetus, and The Cedar during shows.
The world renowned Reggae group Black Uhuru (Uhuru: means freedom in Swahili) was formed in Waterhouse, (firehouse) Kingston, Jamaica in 1965. Black Uhuru members were Derrick “Duckie” Simpson, Euvin “Don Carlos” Spencer and Rudolph “Garth” Dennis. These three grew up together in Waterhouse which is known as the “hot bed” for reggae artistes throughout the years. After a couple of years the group members grew apart. Don Carlos went on to a solo career while Garth went on to sing with wailing souls, a group from Trench Town. While “Duckie” Derrick Simpson continued his musical journey as Black Uhuru. Michael Rose, a young singer at the time was then enlisted and Errol Jays Wilson.
The album Love Crisis was recorded for prince Jammy’s protégé of famed King Tubbys. One of the best tracks on the album is “I love Selassie” has survived to become the most bonafide reggae anthem. The Black Sounds of Freedom album is a remix of Love Crisis album which was released in the UK on Green Sleeves label. After that period, America expatriate, the vivacious Sanda Puma Jones joined “Duckie” Derrick Simpson and Michael Rose who joined forces with Sly and Robbie releasing the best reggae music of the 1980’s. After Black Uhuru won the Grammy award when the reggae category was introduced in 1985, Michael left the group for a solo career.
In 2018 the album “As The World Turns” was released in September. The album was nominated for best Reggae Album for the 61st annual Grammy Awards!
Tina Sureda Castello aka Onesty was born and raised in Antwerp Belgium from a Belgian mother and a Spanish father. She used to live together with her sister, brother and grandmother in the heart of the metropole.
Very early Onesty took interest in music and singing. At the age of six she joined the Antwerp Cathedral Choir. It would take her just a few more years to discover her passion for singing and songwriting, Onesty was 8 when she started to write her own lyrics and songs.
The reggae songstress was part of Antwerp’s Finest / Partners in Rhyme and became noticed in the local underground hip hop scene very quickly. Together with friends she organised several Open Mic sessions in Antwerp and was known in Antwerp as MC-T.
Onesty and the partners organised a free annual Reggae event ( Groovez Festival) in their own neighbourhood and created once more stage opportunities for her crew and other local hip hop/ reggae acts.