Roots Reggae legend 'Black Uhuru' was at the height of their creative work in the now-iconic Rockpalast concert series for WDR television at the Grugahalle venue in Essen, in the heart of Germany’s Ruhrpott industrial region. From their most eclectic and enduring, most earthly and authentic side - singers Michael Rose, Sandra ‘Puma’ Jones, and Derrick ‘Duckie’ Simpson, guitarists Billy Johnson and Deryl Thompson, keyboardists Franklyn Waul aka ‘Bubler’ as well as Christopher Burth alias ‘Sky Juice’ and last but not least the ‘Taxi Gang’ dub legends Sly & Robbie - drummer Sly Dunbar and bassist Robbie Shakespeare - gave a fulminant concert.
Damian Marley is the most versatile and prolific of the Marley family. He bridged the gap between conscious Reggae and Hip-Hop/R&B. At a time that both genres were veering off to commercialism, Junior Gong released music that upheld the root of these genres in terms of lyrical content and musical authenticity.
As UbuntuFM Reggae Radio welcomes the Rootikal Radio show to its roster, we had a sit down and chat with show host Selector TKZ aka TangoKiloZulu.
UbuntuFM's King Vusi Mavuthela talked to Saggy Saggila, the stage name of the legendary musician, songwriter and producer of note, Richard Siluma, cousin to legend Lucky Dube.
As with most larger-than-life figures Pres. Nelson Mandela was controversial. We know of his achievements and follies. But what is his legacy? What will he be best remembered for? Was he shrewd politician, a visionary or both?
UbuntuFM's Ikenna Okeh interviewed Allan Agard from The Conscious Underground. TCU's track 'Dirty Politician' is in heavy rotation on UbuntuFM Reggae Radio and the band is about to release a new single. Get ready for some conscious words of wisdom and positive vibrations. It's all in the frequencies...