Iconic reggae band Black Uhuru blesses the Tetons with positivity, love

The Grammy Award-winning group's singer, Andrew Bees, discusses his Jamaican roots and the 'SoCal' sound of the latest album.
Andrew Bees (left) and Duckie Simpson (right) of Black Uhuru perform live at the Mangy Moose Saloon in Teton Village. (KHOL / Jack Catlin)

by | Sep 28, 2022 | Music Interviews

For over 50 years Black Uhuru has remained one of the most recognized and prolific reggae bands in the world. The living legends have earned several achievements in the music industry including winning the first ever Grammy Award for reggae music in 1984.

Black Uhuru’s long success has allowed them to become “ambassadors of reggae.” With 14 full length albums, 7 instrumental dub albums, and 4 live albums they have the highest record sales in reggae music behind only Bob Marley.

Over the years the group has gone through several line-up changes, but original founder Derrick “Duckie” Simpson has been the bandleader from day one. In 2011 he reunited with former front man Andrew Bees and they have remained performing together ever since.

In advance of their show at the Mangy Moose in Teton Village on September 28th, Black Uhuru’s Andrew Bees joined KHOL DJ and show opener Victor Raggamuffin recently, over the phone, in the KHOL studios.

Listen above for KHOL’s full conversation with Andrew Bees from Black Uhuru. This conversation was recorded on Tuesday, September 27.

This coverage is funded in part with an Arts For All grant provided by the Town of Jackson and Teton County.

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About Jack Catlin

Jack is KHOL's music director. He says all music is in some way connected no matter the style and his mission is to provide listeners with a unique and memorable experience each time they tune in to KHOL or see him DJ live.

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