Interview: Sister Carol and Black Uhuru’s Michael Rose Live at Howard Theatre

April 29, 2013 § 1 Comment

Michael Rose

Michael Rose

When comedian Jimmy Fallon introduced Bill Cosby on his late night TV talk show earlier this month, house band The Roots broke into Black Uhuru‘s “Sponji Reggae,” and Cosby came in doing his signature boogie to the popular tune with Fallon following close behind. But drummer Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson had to remind Cosby that the song was played on an episode of the Cosby show almost 30 years ago. For reggae fans it was a great trip down memory lane. At the Howard Theatre last Wednesday, while on tour with the “Black Cinderella” Sister Carol, by the time Black Uhuru’s Michael Rose launched into “Sponji Reggae,” we were in the middle of a more glorious trip; he was already deep into a crucial sampling of the group’s major hits. Sister Carol, clad in African regalia, opened the show at the historic DC landmark rather promptly at 9pm, with “Rastafari is my Savior,” then continued with a string of her familiar hits from the 90s. Michael Rose kicked off his segment with “Shine Eye Gal,” followed by ‘Plastic Smile” and “General Penitentiary.” Billed as the Balance Tour (the idea is apparently to correct the

Sister Carol

Sister Carol

imbalance and lack of female representation at reggae live performances) it is now on its eastern US leg, with Rose and Sister Carol having already conquered California, Chicago, North Carolina, and New York. Sister Carol, nominated for a Grammy Award in 1997 for Lyrically Potent, has had a long career as one of the most respected women in reggae, but she’s also an actress, appearing most recently in the Oscar nominated Rachel Getting Married. Known as a “singjay,” she walks the line between roots reggae and dancehall, while constantly delivering socially and culturally conscious messages in her songs. Michael Rose – his distinctive voice still intact – has been on and off again with Black Uhuru since he first left them after their huge success with the grammy-winning Anthem LP, and has also

Sister Carol joined Michael Rose for a rousing version of Black Uhuru's "Solidarity"

Sister Carol joined Michael Rose for a rousing version of Black Uhuru’s “Solidarity”

had success as a solo artist worldwide. Carol and Rose both took a little time to chat with Afrofusion TV about their careers, music and their upcoming projects (a longer version will soon be posted on afrofusiontv.com). Before the curtains came down, the artists got together on stage for a rousing rendition of Black Uhuru’s classic hit “Solidarity,” a fitting end to a solid and inspiring live show. Bless…

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