Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner? Reggae Royalty Mykal Rose And Junior Reid

Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner? Reggae Royalty Mykal Rose And Junior Reidby Dwain Wellington Rattray

In a confluence of scintillating notes and harmonies, former singers of the celebrated Jamaican group, Black Uhuru, are getting together on the same stage for the first time in Toronto.

With musical careers spanning over 35 years, Mykal Rose and Delroy ‘Junior’ Reid—who succeeded Rose as lead vocalist for Black Uhuru—are certain to thrill the crowd with their unmistakable brand of mainstay reggae.

Well known for his powerful, wide-ranged voice, the “Ruff” Rose has achieved much success, both as a solo artiste and with Black Uhuru.

Before joining the group, Rose was already an established artiste with several hits like Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and Clap the Barber both recorded with producer, Niney the Observer, and Running Around with producer, Winston Campbell.

He led Black Uhuru in recording many successes, including SinsemillaRedChill Out, and Anthem, for which they won the first-ever Grammy for a Reggae Album, in 1984.

Critics and reggae aficionados often argue that Black Uhuru at that period was considered the indelible masters of reggae, after the legendary Bob Marley.

Indeed—after Marley—the group is arguably the most internationally known reggae act.

After Rose parted ways with the group to focus on his solo career, he continued to tame success with singles like, Monkey BusinessVisit Them, and One ah We Two ah We. As a solo artist, he regularly tours the United States and Europe, while maintaining his Jamaican fan base with hit singles.

The modern roots singer fits perfectly into today’s scene, with a glorious past and a wide-open future.

Reggae and dancehall maestro, Reid started his career at 13 with the single, Speak The Truth. It gained international popularity, and Reid has enchanted fans with scores of tracks ever since. Reid has several successes to his credit, with popular tracks like self-produced Human NatureA1 Lover, produced by Sugar Minott, and chartbuster, Foreign Mind.

Boom Shacka Lacka was Reid’s first hit in the United Kingdom, and after a number of hit singles, he launched his own label, Jr Productions.

An ardent follower of Black Uhuru, he was approached to be lead vocalist, and with his unique style, Reid brought about several successes for the group.

Three of the singles he did with Black Uhuru PainNah Get Rich and Switch, and Let us Pray were released by JR Productions.

The collaboration on his first Black Uhuru album, the Grammy-nominated Brutal, in 1986, was well received by all and during the time he was with Black Uhuru they toured Europe, the UK, the U.S., Canada and Bermuda.

Two years and three albums later, Reid’s interest to produce his own material, and desire to regain his domestic popularity, drove him into the solo arena and into his own studio (One Blood Recording Studio), while focusing on his own label.

He produced a series of popular numbers, including I’m Free with The Soup Dragons, Stop This Crazy Thing. He is best known for One Blood and This is Why I’m Hot, and his recent successes include Sharing the Night TogetherNever Let You Go and Same Boat.

With a vocal repertoire that has vast crossover appeal, Reid will continue to be in high demand for the foreseeable future.

Helping to set the stage on fire will be Juno Award winner, Exco Levi. His latest hit, Strive fetched Levi his third Juno, making him the only recipient to ever receive the prestigious award on three consecutive occasions.

His previous wins were for Storms of Life in 2013 and Bleaching Shop in 2012.

On Saturday, May 24, the Sound Academy (11 Polson Street, Toronto) will host Levi and these two members of Reggae musical royalty—Mykal Rose and Junior Reid—as they invoke their pure talents, performing together for a true reggae delight.

Presented by G98.7 FM, the night will feature Mountain Edge band and will be hosted by Delroy G, with music by Spex and Ron Nelson.

Advance tickets are $35 and the doors open at 10pm. For more information call: Mystic Movement Productions at (647) 856-2237 or 416 704 2122.

Shaggy set to release new studio album this month

shaggy1by Jodee Brown

Ranch Entertainment is proud to announce the release of Shaggy‘s 12th studio album, Out of Many, One Music,’ produced by legendary Jamaican duo, Sly & Robbie and Sting International Co. The album, also co-produced by Lenky Marsdenwill be available digitally on September 24th 2013.

As one of music’s highly acclaimed artist with two multi-platinum albums, eight number one hits, twelve top ten singles worldwide, a diamond selling album and a Grammy for best reggae album, Shaggy is at it again.Out of Many, One Music puts Shaggy in a class of his own and shows the authenticity and creativity Shaggy is so well known for. The vibe of the album was inspired by deep grooves of pioneering roots Reggae band, Black Uhuru, to which Shaggy added his own flavor.

“Those hard Black Uhuru drum and bass tracks with my pop style of writing and melodies added a nice twist. I feel this album is really something solid and authentic”says Shaggy.

The lead single, Fight this Feeling is a duet with lover’s rock icon, Beres Hammond, set to a timeless Sly & Robbie rhythm, which has changed the Dancehall scene this summer, forcing DJs to play lovers rock during their set. Fight this Feeling is a modern day love song with excellent production from Sly & RobbieSting International and Lenky.

The second single released off, Out of Many, One Music, titled You Girl features R&B pop star, Ne-Yoand is currently number one on the Reggae iTunes charts.You Girl is a body roll- inducing love song that finds the fellas serenading a lucky young lady about how wonderful she is.

The remaining tracks on this 13-track album are all new and have not been released. Shaggy collaborated with many of the industry’s legends and upcoming Reggae and Dancehall sensations. This album gives you the opportunity to enjoy good reggae, great musical production and take a journey with Shaggy and some of his friends as they pay tribute to the culture and one of the many gifts given to the world from the island of Jamaica, Reggae.

Out of Many, One Music is not a new Shaggy album but a collaboration as he explains, between him and legendary Jamaican rhythm duo, Sly & Robbie.

“I’ve been criticized for years for not being authentic because of my pop success…People say I’m not this…I’m not that…Now I’m doing a Reggae album with the masters and people are saying it’s a game changer. The first 2 singles have already proven that to some extent! You be the judge on September 24th! says Shaggy.”