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.

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Sean Paul’s ‘Full Frequency’ tops Billboard chart in spite of sluggish sales

by Jodee Brown

Grammy-winning Jamaican musician, Sean Paul has scored another chart-topping album as his sixth studio project, Full Frequency has reached number one on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart.

This, despite a less than impressive sales figure early on as the album, released February 18th, sold just 2,160 copies in its first week. This nearly doubles the first-week output his last album, Tomahawk Technique (2012) provided, selling over 1,200 copies.

However, combining both sales figures, they are a far cry from his multi-platinum effort, Dutty Rock in 2002, which sold nearly 20 times more copies at 65,000 in its first week.

He recently performed his new single from the album, Want Dem All alongside song collaborator, Konshens on the Arsenio Hall Show last month and has since released the official video for the song.

Meanwhile, the latest edition of the Billboard Reggae Albums chart features appearances from Papa San, whose previously chart-topping album, One Blood hails at number five, selling just under 2,000 copies to date. Tarrus Riley’s new album, Love Situation is two places higher, selling around 1,126 copies to date while Gyptian’s Sex, Love and Reggae is 10th, with just under 4,000 copies sold so far.

New Tarrus Riley album tops Billboard chart

Tarrus Riley's new studio album, 'Love Situation' is already top of the Billboard Reggae chart just over a week after its debut

Tarrus Riley’s new studio album, “Love Situation” is already top of the Billboard Reggae chart just over a week after its debut

by Jodee Brown

Acclaimed Reggae singer, Tarrus Riley has scored instant success with his new studio album, Love Situation, as it has topped this week’s BillboardReggae Album chart, according to reports Thursday.

The lover’s rock album, released February 4th, is the second album produced by a Jamaican artist in the last two week to top the chart following Papa San’s new album, One BloodThe latter displaced Snoop Lion’s Grammy-nominated project, Reincarnated, which had topped the Billboard chart since last year.

Love Situation is the first album of Riley’s to reach number one on the American’s magazine chart. His 2009 effort, Contagious peaked at number five while his previous effort, Parables in 2007 peaked five place lower at 10.

Riley has been promoting the first single off Love Situation dubbed, Dem a Watch, which has already garnered steady airplay in Jamaica since its release a week prior to the album’s unveiling.

Love Situation is currently available on iTunes and is co-produced by Dean Fraser, Mitchum ‘Khan’ Chinand Jordan McClure.