Once in awhile I get lucky enough to be able to conduct some great music interviews. On this week’s World Music Show (10/6) I get another chance to share with you another outstanding interview.
When you follow World Music or any music really and you become a fan of a band or a musician, you tend to follow much of what they do throughout their career. And if you don’t maybe follow each little tidbit or side project of a band, you at least follow what they do or know who they are. Being in either camp is ok.
And it’s in the latter camp that I fall into when I think of the Reggae band Black Uhuru. They’ve been around since the early 1970s. And in the early 80s they even won a Grammy for their album Anthem under the best Reggae album of the year--the first ever. It’s in that decade that I first learned about Black Uhuru. They, along with other Reggae artists such as UB40, Ziggy Marley (and Bob Marley of course) and others were mainstays on my local station. So to me, they floated around in that periphery.
Now, some 15 years later, they’re back with a new album and only two of the original members. Duckie Simpson and Andrew Bees have been able to re-release a new CD called As the World Turns. I say “re-release” because back in 2012 they were about to put out this album but the files were corrupted beyond repair. They had to redo the entire album again.
Its with this background that I started asking Duckie Simpson about the band’s history and legacy. During the interview with him and with Andrew Bees, we also talk about their contemporaries such as Jimmy Cliff and Steel Pulse. And I ask them about their new tour and album, in which they do a cover of The Clash’s version of "Police and Thieves." I’ve included two of the videos below in which we reference in our conversation.
In other parts of the show we’ll dive into some desert blues music from Bombino and Tinariwen. Plus, we’ll hear some Afropop and Highlife music from Nsimbi, Vieux Farka Toure and Cheikh Lo.
And in one chunk of tunes we’ll head to the bars of upper state New York to hear from a Celtic bar band Bangers and Mash, and from the band Gaelic Storm (who do a song about fighting the actor Russell Crowe). The Pogues and Loreena McKennitt will also be in the mix.
Not to be missed either will be tunes from Ceci Bastida, Alex Cuba, Dayme Arocena and from a band called Uji.
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