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Garth Dennis: 19 Third Street, Trenchtown, Waterhouse, and Beyond

WORLD-A-REGGAE SPEAKS EXCLUSIVELY WITH BLACK UHURU FOUNDER GARTH DENNIS ABOUT HIS UPCOMING ALBUM TITLED ‘TRENCHTOWN: 19 THIRD STREET.’

Former founding member of Black Uhuru and legendary Wailing Souls vocalist Rudolph “Garth” Dennis is preparing the release of his first solo album titled ’19 Third Street’ since leaving a reunited Black Uhuru nearly 20 years ago.  Since releasing his first single “Folk Song” in 1972, Garth Dennis blazed a trail through popular reggae which many have followed, yet very few have been able to match.  In this exclusive interview, Garth talks about growing up in Trench town at 19 Third Street (where he witnessed brother-in-law Joe Higgs rehearse The Wailers; forming and naming Uhuru (later to become Black Uhuru) on the streets of Waterhouse; his successful  run with the Wailing Souls; and his reunion and departure from the original Black Uhuru in 1998.

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It is under his ackee  tree at 14 Balcombe Drive,  in the heart of Waterhouse section of West Kingston that Rudolph ‘Garth’ Dennis rehearses two talented, but ruff rudebwoys.  His method is demanding – persistence and repetition is key, perfection is a must – a method he learned watching his brother-in-law, a short and stony brother named Joe Higgs, as he rehearsed The Wailers to exhaustion every afternoon in the Dennis family home at 19 Third Street in Trench town.

The two rudies, Waterhouse street kids – one called “Junior” Reid and the other Michael Rose.  The heat, the heavy air, the dry mouths, the sore throats – Garth tells them it’s all part of the game.  Hurt now, earn later.  It’s not just a profession in the music business they are seeking, but enlightenment.  Singing praises and paying their dues as Rastas.  What they don’t know at the time is that this road they are travelling has no off-ramp, no exit.  This road, this path that the Almighty has placed them on leads to one destination – up de gully bank past brother Feeble houseUhuru, Black Uhuru, Black Sounds Uhuru – singing those ‘Black Sounds of Freedom.’

TO CONTINUE READING MY EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH GARTH DENNIS, CLICK HERE…

CHECK GARTH DENNIS’ NEW SINGLE “MARIJUANA” AND HIS CLASSIC 7″ SINGLE “SLOW COACH”!

 

“MARIJUANA”

“SLOW COACH”

“SLOW COACH ROCK”

BLACK UHURU RARE NON-ALBUM TRACKS (Many thanks to my good friend Christian in Canada)

GARTH DENNIS MYSPACE

GARTH DENNIS REVERBNATION

BLACK UHURU LIVE, CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA, 1990 (ENTIRE CONCERT)

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