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Sinsemilla

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Happiness
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World Is Africa
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Push Push
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There Is Fire
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No Loafing (Sit and Wonder)
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Sinsemilla
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Endurance
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Vampire
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Sinsemilla (Disco Mix)
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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
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Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 49:13

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Wondering Sound

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04.22.11
Black Uhuru, Sinsemilla
1980 | Label: Taxi / The Orchard

Black Uhuru emerged at the head of a second wave of Jamaican vocal trios, in the wake of dread threesomes like Burning Spear and Culture. Like those earlier groups, Black Uhuru was more or less a platform for singer-songwriter Michael Rose. With drummer Sly Dunbar and the bass of Robbie Shakespeare fully merged within the Uhuru sound, the band became a proper performing unit — a band, distinct from the singers-plus-session-players model predominant… read more »

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Murgatroyd

Simply one of the best reggae albums of all time. Sly & Robbie invent a new sound to accompany the insinuating songs of Michael Rose & co. Their pinnacle and peak for music of any kind. Essential for any collection - not sure if you need the "Disco Mix".

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Whatever.

brothermarcus

Review deleted. Emusic screws their loyal customers by hiking the rates, reducing the downloads, and going mainstream. And two year old Sony crap at that. To hell with you, emusic.

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BooooM!

crowward

di fence caaawn hold ...ALL

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Released on the Island Records subsidiary Mango in July 1980, Sinsemilla, named after a type of marijuana, was Black Uhuru’s first album to be issued internationally, their third overall. Although the group was nominally a trio at this point — consisting of Derrick “Duckie” Simpson, Michael Rose, and Sandra “Puma” Jones — in effect, Sinsemilla was a solo album by Rose, who wrote all the songs and sang lead vocals. In addition to his writing and singing duties, Rose can be credited for bringing in the production team and rhythm section of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, whose Taxi Gang provides the distinctive musical tracks. Rose’s lyrical vision is revolutionary and radical, extolling the primacy of Africa, opposing apartheid, and praising the virtues of marijuana. But his sweet tenor and Simpson’s harmonies soothe the message, and the music has a spare, rhythmic appeal that is distinctive and forward-looking, suggesting a hard, stripped-down direction for reggae. Sinsemilla is the sound of performers just finding their voices, and it excited hopes for the development of Jamaican music as Bob Marley’s leadership was about to falter due to illness. – William Ruhlmann

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