Reggae Artist of the Month

Black Uhuru- Black Uhuru are a Jamaican reggae group formed in 1972, initially as Uhuru (Swahili for ‘freedom’). The group has undergone several line-up changes over the years, with Duckie Simpson always maintaining group control and ownership. Their album Anthem, featuring the hit single “What is Life?” won the first ever Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in 1985.

Alpha Blondy (born January 1, 1953)[1] is a reggae singer and international recording artist. Alpha Blondy was born Seydou Koné in DimbokroCôte d’Ivoire. He sings mainly in his native language of Dioula, in French and in English, and sometimes inArabic or Hebrew. His lyrics convey serious political attitudes and a sense of humor.

Dezarie is a female roots reggae singer born in St. CroixU.S. Virgin Islands. She received Atlanta’s “Best New Female Reggae Artist” award in 2001 before returning to St. Croix. Sample tracks of Gracious Mama Africa

She works closely with Midnite. She currently has four albums available. They are entitled Fya (I Grade Records), Gracious Mama AfricaEase The Pain and her most recent is entitled The Fourth Book.   Wikipedia

Nicolas Kasanda wa Mikalay (July 7, 1939 – September 22, 1985), popularly known as Docteur Nico was a guitaristcomposer and one of the pioneers of soukous music. He was born in Mikalayi, Kasai province in the Belgian Congo. He graduated in 1957 as a technical teacher, but inspired by his musical family, he took up the guitar and in time became a virtuoso soloist.

At the age of 14 he started playing with the seminal group Grand Kalle et l’African Jazz, led by Joseph “Grand Kalle” Kabaselle. He became an influential guitarist (Jimi Hendrix once paid him a personal visit while on tour in Paris), and the originator of the ubiquitous Congolese finger-picked guitar style, acquiring the nickname “Dr Nico”. African Jazz split up 1963 when Dr Nico and singer Tabu Ley Rochereau left to form L’Orchestra African Fiesta, which became one of the most popular in Africa. Wikipedia