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Michael Rose


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Born in the Western Kingston ghetto of Waterhouse, Jamaica on July 11, 1957 Michael Rose was introduced to music by his brothers, who used to sing around the house. Blessed with a powerful voice he joined a band, doing local talent shows as well as entertaining tourists in the north coast hotels of Jamaica. Returning to Kingston in 1975, Niney the Observer first spotted the potential of Michael Rose and produced first recordings like “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner” and “Clap The Barber” to name a few.

The following year he replaced Don Carlos as the lead singer of a three-piece vocal group called Black Uhuru. Their first full-length recording “Love Crisis”, produced by Prince Jammy in 1977, was later remixed and re-released as “Black Sounds of Freedom”. Michael Rose had a profound effect on the sound of the group. With his distinctive voice and his powerful, self-penned reality themes, Black Uhuru were to eventually become the Reggae supergroup of the 80’s after joining forces with Sly & Robbie and releasing hit-singles like “Shine Eye Gal”, “General Penitentiary” or “Plastic Smile” on the Taxi Label. Signed to Island Records in 1980, they recorded highly acclaimed albums like “Sinsemillia”, “Red”, “Chill Out” and the grammy-winning “Anthem” in 1984.

In 1985 Michael Rose left Black Uhuru to pursue a solo career. After recording singles like “Bogus Badge” and “Demonstration” on his own Grammy Rose label he took a break from the music business, preferring instead to farm coffee on land he owned in Jamaica.


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