Mykal Rose

Jamaican Reggae Royalty

Mykal Rose

Reggae Angels

Fri, January 13, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$30.00 - $32.00

This event is 21 and over

Mykal Rose
Mykal Rose
For over 25 years, Michael Rose has been recording and performing his brand of militant, hardcore Jamaican music to the delight of reggae fans around the world. As a solo artist, with Black Uhuru, and back as a solo artist, the "Ruff" Rose has achieved great success throughout his career, even as different Jamaican musical styles have phased in and out of popularity.

Perhaps the highest profile recognition came in 1984, when Michael Rose and the other Black Uhuru members (Duckie Simpson, Puma Jones, Sly Dunbar, and Robbie Shakespeare) won reggae's first Grammy award for the album, Anthem. But the story doesn't begin with Black Uhuru. In 1976, Michael Rose was already a seasoned performer, having honed his skills by performing on Jamaica's hotel circuit. When an early incarnation of Black Uhuru (Ducky Simpson and Errol Nelson) approached Michael to join the group, he already had several solo singles to his credit. These include the original "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner" and "Clap the Barber," both recorded for producer Niney The Observer, and "Running Around" for Winston Campbell.

Black Uhuru's first full length was released in 1977 and called Love Crisis. It was produced by King Jammy (then Prince Jammy), and the big hit of the album was "I Love King Selassie." But it was not until the Showcase album was released in 1980-with a new lineup of Michael Rose, Duckie Simpson, and Puma Jones-that Black Uhuru reached their creative peak. Heartbeat reissued the set on CD (Guess Who's Coming To Dinner, HB 18), which includes the massive 12" singles "Shine Eye Gal," "General Penitentiary," "Plastic Smile," and of course, "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner." At the forefront of the recordings and live shows was the charismatic Michael Rose, who had incredible stage presence and a vocal style all his own. So popular was his trademark sound that singers like Don Carlos, Junior Reid, Yami Bolo, and others embraced it as the "Waterhouse" sound.

Throughout the first half of the 1980s, Black Uhuru continued their success with albums on Island Records-Sinsemilla, Red, Chill Out, and Anthem, along with compilations, dub albums, and live albums. They became the best-known reggae act since Bob Marley, and won the first reggae Grammy for Anthem in 1984. Even today, Island continues to capitalize on the group's success by re-compiling and re-releasing the group's Island years material.

With lead singer Michael Rose seemingly at the top of his game, he parted ways with Black Uhuru, with the intention of redefining his musical direction as a solo artist. In the early 1990s, Michael Rose suddenly appeared on the scene with new material including Jamaican singles produced by Sly & Robbie ("Monkey Business," "Visit Them," "One a We Two a We"), and three albums (Proud, Bonanza, and King of General) released in Japan.

As a solo artist, Michael regularly tours the U.S. and Europe, and has maintained his Jamaican fan base with hit singles on the island and abroad. He is a modern roots singer, and fits perfectly into today's scene. With a glorious past and a wide-open future, Michael Rose is truly a reggae superstar.
Reggae Angels
Reggae Angels
Co-billing the evening April 20th at Sweetwater with Prezident Brown is the Reggae Angels. The Reggae Angels had a strong festival season last year performing on Reggae in the Hills, The Oroville Rock Reggae Jamfest, Reggae on the River, the Trinity River Jamboree, the Bay Vibes Festival and the One Love One Heart Reggae festival in Sacramento, CA. They have also recently performed on the Northwest World Reggae Fest, The Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, The Seattle International Reggae Festival, Reggae in the Desert in Las Vegas, the Wild Mountain Fair, the Pitzer Reggae Festival and others. This year they are scheduled to perform on the World One Festival July 4th in El Cerrito, CA. The Reggae Angels toured North America in 2015 backed by Sly and Robbie and the Taxi Gang. This was their second US tour backed by the Rhythm Twins.

The Reggae Angels music consists of lyrical guidance for themselves and others towards righteous living – proverbial words and music. The Reggae Angels have toured North America, Hawaii, Canada, South America, Europe and Africa. They have co-billed tours with Andrew Tosh, Everton Blender, Michael Rose, Don Carlos, Anthony B, Junior Reid, The Abyssinians, Sugar Minott, Warrior King, Frankie Paul and Sly & Robbie and the Taxi Gang as well as touring on their own.

The Reggae Angels latest release is called The Way. This is serious message music in collaboration with the multi-Grammy award winning legends Sly and Robbie on bass and drums with the Taxi Gang, featuring Franklyn ‘Bubbler’ Waul on keyboards, Nambo Robinson on trombone and Stepper on saxophone. Also featured are Dwight Pinkney on guitar and Laurie Lewis on violin.

The Way brings the Reggae Angels 13 CD catalogue from strength to strength. It fires up the listener with the spiritual messages expressed in these works. Over the past two decades the Reggae Angels have been consistently bringing the world sincere message music. Their live show is well groomed after years of spot dates, touring and recording. They deliver high-energy performances with a happy, uplifting sound. Their musicians are world class.

For more information check their website at – www.reggaeangels.com
Venue Information:
Sweetwater Music Hall
19 Corte Madera Ave.
Mill Valley, CA, 94941
http://www.sweetwatermusichall.com/