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So on March 12, when I had the opportunity to see Black Uhuru perform a riveting set at the k electric share price forecast Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, California, and afterward, when I was invited on the band’s tour bus to interview Duckie Simpson, I was conscious of the privilege I’d been given, and was determined to make the most of it. For approximately forty-five minutes, Simpson and I spoke about: the Grammy Awards; the making of “As the World Turns”; songwriting generally; ganja; Rastafari; the return of reggae superstar Buju Banton to Jamaica; his relationship with former Black Uhuru bandmates Garth Dennis, Don Carlos, and Michael Rose, and much, much more. What follows is a transcript of the interview, modified only slightly for clarity and space considerations.

Duckie Simpson: I came up for the Grammys. And the rain fell on me, man. And it’s funny: I’m from the tropics, but whenever rain falls on me, I get sick. I can’t figure it out. So I got sick in L.A. And I was sick for like three f*cking weeks. Not sick, but I had a cold, and you know when you have a cold your voice get electricity water analogy f*cked. So I was kinda struggling tonight. I’ve been struggling for a couple of shows.

Q: You were awesome to me. And you taught me a lot. So I know I’m going to learn a lot tonight. When I listened to your interview on Hawaiian Public Radio, you were asked about the Grammys this year. You said you knew that Sting and Shaggy were going to win. And you hypothesized this was because in recent years Shaggy has both performed and presented at the Grammys –

Q: Now that there are less restrictions on marijuana in Jamaica and you see medical marijuana shops are opening for business, is there a chance gas vs electric oven for baking cakes that this marijuana boon will pass down to the Rasta farmers, so that they [too] will also realize [a] financial benefit? Or will [the boon belong only] to the wealthy, corporations, and foreigners?

Q: You were talking about [the song] Ganja Baby [a moment ago]. It’s a very joyful and creative tune. There’s a part of the song where you sing: “Take a little trip and me reach to Aruba. Who me sight? The one, Baruka. Say him naw burn naw sense . . . .” And I was curious about this lyric [which] alludes to the famous Rastafarian dub poet, Mutaburuka.

Q: In a book called Rastafari: A Very Short Introduction by professor of sociology Ennis Edmonds, who was born and raised in Jamaica, Edmonds writes: “Rastas, Mutaburuka being the most prominent of these[,] claim that they do not partake in smoking ganja.” According to Edmonds, these Rastas say “they have already achieved such a high level of consciousness that smoking the holy herb is no longer necessary.”

Duckie Simpson: I don’t think Muta said sgas belfast that what he wrote. These professor guys they all think they know about Rasta. They don’t know sh*t about Rasta (Laughing). They just prophesize. They’re all imposters. But they write the most things about Rasta. Muta just don’t smoke. Some people don’t smoke. Whether it’s ganja or cigarettes or whatever it is. The guy’s just not a smoker. Has nothing to do with Rasta.

Q: In April 2017 I interviewed Don Carlos here at the Belly electricity grounding works Up [Tavern]. And I specifically asked Don if, despite any negative history that exists, whether he and you could ever get back together, and be like the original Black Uhuru. And Don said: “I don’t carry any grievance. I don’t say we can’t get together again. We can.” What is your reaction and would you ever be willing to sing again with Don Carlos in any capacity?

Duckie Simpson: Yeah, yeah, yeah. And we did two or three songs [together as Black Uhuru]. Don went solo. Garth went with Wailing Souls. And after eighteen years, I even won electricity and circuits the Grammy, won a lot of things. And [after] eighteen years, I invited Don and Garthie back into the group. To work. And they tried to overthrow me for the name. They said they “owned” the name [“Black Uhuru”].

Duckie Simpson: Joe Higgs rehearsed in Garthie’s yard. Wailing Souls. All dem guys. That’s where Garthie comes from. When I met Garthie in Waterhouse, Garthie was a customs broker. He was a 9 to 5 baldhead. He’d never sang a f*cking song in his life until he met me. He was from a singing background, but he wasn’t a singer. I was the one who enlightened him into singing. When he met me, I [was] a young singer.

Duckie Simpson: So you believe that? If the name was o gascon given to Garth Dennis, why is he out in the cold? Listen this: I and Garth was sitting on a wall when that guy – we know the guy – he comes from Waterhouse. The guy was passing us. I had my guitar. And he said, “Hey, you guys have a name?” And we said, “No, not really.” And he said, “I have a name for you guys.” And he says, “Uhuru.” If it was Garth’s name, where is Garth now? That was mentioned in the court. In Los Angeles Supreme Court. That argument [about the] guy. The guy even came to court and gave evidence for [Garth]. And told the judge that he was the one who gave Garthie the name. And the judge said “bullsh*t.” Whether the guy give Garthie the name or not – which he didn’t, he asked us if we had a name – if the name was Garth-owned, he abandoned it. Where is he? Where was he? He [also] says he was the one that formed Wailing Souls. And he formed Black Uhuru. And he’s f*cking out in the cold. So I can’t put a picture on that. If the name was his, why isn’t he singing, [and] why doesn’t he have it? We went to the Los gas hydrates wiki Angeles Supreme Court – for thirteen days the trial took.

Duckie Simpson: Yes, yes. The next year, they did the same thing. But what my lawyer did electricity generation in Jamaica, she used the same documents that she used the year before. To file back the injunction for the next year. And the judge said that can’t work. So [Garth and Don] won the injunction [that year due to that]. It wasn’t a trial [like the one that later took place in Los Angeles]. It was an injunction stopping them from doing a concert.

Duckie Simpson: I know that’s how people are. People are devious. And people are wicked. And I am not a sociable guy. I don’t trust f*cking people. I don’t need friends and gas finder map stuff like that. If you should interview all of Michael Rose’s friends from Waterhouse, they’ll tell you he’s a [derogatory term]. Seen? Michael Rose is one of the weirdest [derogatory term] you can ever – don’t let that guy fool you with his acting nice. He’s a bitch. All of my problems in Black Uhuru is women.

Duckie Simpson: (Laughing) (nodding) Don’t let them f*cking fool you. All these baldhead singers in Jamaica. All these singers that used to sing rocksteady and ska? They hate Bob Marley. All of them. I am from that era. I’m sixty-f*cking-nine. Garthie took me to Trenchtown. And that’s how I knew Bob [Marley]. And Bunny [Wailer]. And Wailing Souls and all dem guys.

Duckie Simpson: Yeah. Yeah. That’s why he became so tough. He was the only red guy in like tons of black guys. And these black guys were Rasta. Serious Nyabinghi. Death to black and white oppressors, you know? So Bob Marley was trained. Bob Marley was tutored by a Rasta named Mortimo Planno. He was my tutor also. At the age of 15, I was hanging with Mortimo Planno. He was from Trenchtown. He was the most educated Rasta. This guy [knew] everything.

Duckie Simpson: We ain’t no agent of no Babylon destruction. F*ck that! And our gas exchange in the lungs occurs in the primary weapon is Nyabinghi. Not f*cking reggae. This guy don’t know sh*t he’s talking about. He’s not mp electricity bill payment online indore a Rasta. He cannot write about Rasta. Where does he get his experience? He doesn’t praise Selassie. What makes you Rasta? You have to praise Emperor Haile Selassie I. If you don’t praise Emperor Haile Selassie I, you ain’t no f*cking Rasta.

Q: There’s [been] a lot of talk about Buju Banton and his return to Jamaica after having served that [harsh] sentence [in the U.S.] There were a lot of different reactions in Jamaica from reading the news about it. Some people were thinking he shouldn’t have gotten a hero’s welcome. And some people who felt that all of the attention that was paid [to Buju Banton] should have been paid. Do you have any particular opinion about this?

Duckie Simpson: I tell you some people are f*cking wicked. They have no control over that. The guy is a superstar. And the guy has his fans. And the guy went to prison for some drugs or whatever. And that’s Buju Banton, man. The man is a mega-superstar! Going to prison for 9 years ain’t going to do sh*t. That’s Gargamel. He’s always going to be a big star.

Duckie Simpson: Well trust me, you know gas after eating fruit? All of that is in my music. If you listen to my music [it’s] about Rasta, Jamaica, [and] reggae music. It’s all [in] there. And I am not necessarily trying to make people know sh*t. Because people know what they want to know and think what they want to know. You gotta be careful of the fans, you know?

Duckie Simpson: (Nodding) We ain’t no preacher. And I ain’t trying to convert nobody. All of these motherf*ckers who are wicked? They need to go. So I’m not a guy who is here to preach sociality. Or try[ing] to teach people’s children. Or trying to save souls. That’s not my role. A lot of these souls need to burn. I’m just singing logical stuff. You can either deal with it or you don’t deal gas pain with it. But I’m not into preaching.

About the Author: Stephen Cooper is a former D.C. public defender who worked as an assistant federal public defender in Alabama between 2012 and 2015. He has contributed to numerous magazines and newspapers in the United States and overseas. He writes full-time and lives in Woodland Hills, California. Follow him on Twitter at @SteveCooperEsq