Legendary Jamaican reggae group Black Uhuru takes the stage at the Lampost

Jamaican reggae group Black Uhuru will perform at the Lampost on Thursday September 24. – Photo courtesy youtube.com

Black Uhuru, a Jamaican reggae group formed in 1972, initially as Uhuru (Swahili for “freedom”), will perform at the Lampost on Thursday, Sept. 24. The group has undergone several lineup changes over the years, with Derrick “Duckie” Simpson as the mainstay. They had their most successful period in the 1980s, with their album “Anthem” winning the first-ever Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in 1985.

Black Uhuru’s long success has allowed them to become ambassadors of reggae while earning several achievements in the music industry. With 14 full-length albums, seven instrumental dub albums, and four live albums, they have the highest record sales in reggae music behind Bob Marley. The album “Red” was voted No. 23 for Rolling Stone’s list of “100 Greatest Albums of the 1980s.” In addition to winning the first reggae Grammy Award, they have been nominated five subsequent times. Black Uhuru is the only reggae group to have won the International Association of African American Music’s Diamond Award of Excellence, in 1994. Continuing on their successful 2015 tour (including many sold-out shows), the legendary band will take the stage of the Lampost for the first time.

Black Uhuru at the Lampost, 6 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs. Doors open at 9 pm, tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Tickets available at uhuru.brownpapertickets.com.