World, Latin, Reggae, & Reggaetón

Black Uhuru

When: Thu., Sept. 15, 9 p.m. 2011

The Wailers may be the benchmark for reggae groups that emerged from the genre's golden age in the Seventies, but Black Uhuru inherited the mantle upon debuting in 1977. Originally a vocal trio made up of Duckie Simpson, Don Carlos, and Garth Dennis, the group took its name from the Swahili word for freedom. Over the years, Black Uhuru has gone through a constantly changing set of lineups. Simpson has been the only constant throughout various incarnations that counted the legendary rhythm section of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare as members. Along the way, Black Uhuru contemporized reggae's sound by incorporating synthesizers and drum machines into a string of classic sides including "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," "Sinsemilla," "What is Life?" and "Shine Eye Gal." While the group's most recent studio effort is As the World Turns, an unreleased 2008 session that features a guest spot from Columbian alt-Latin duo Aterciopelados, rest assured that the ever-present Duckie Simpson will be stoking the flame of Black Uhuru's legacy at the Independent (628 Divisadero St., San Francisco) on Thursday, Sept. 15. 9 p.m., $25. IndependentSF.com

Dave Gil de Rubio

Price: $25

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