The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 10, 1997 - 11
Rose is reggae: 'Wicked' superstar jams tonight at Blind Pig
By Curtis Zimmermann
For the Daily
Michael Rose, former lead singer/songwriter
for the legendary reggae band Black Uhuru comes
to the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor tonight. He is tour-
ing in promotion of his recently released album
Sse's career has spanned nearly two decades
a hd has scored numerous reggae hits in
Jamaica, the UK, and U.S. His music can best be
categorized as modern roots, which is a combina-
tion of'ild school reggae and modern dancehall.
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"The Higher Space," by Jamil Nasir, Diane's
promises a little high-tech magic, but closed d
delivers a lot of low-tech boredom. And wh
The new science-fiction novel from shadowy
the author of "Quasar" explores the "Thel
realms of the fourth dimension, along tific mu
with shamanism, computers and mathe- but prov
matics., warm so
ob Wilson is a corporate lawyer who little by
li in the suburbs with a beautiful wife very we
and anormal life. At his wife's urging, he thizedc
Also, with the recent explosion of Ska in bands
like The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Less Than
Jake, Rose's show can give followers of that par-
ticular genre a glimpse into its history.
Black Uhuru was one of the most successful
Reggae bands of the early '80s and was one of the
marquee bands for RAS Records, the first major
Reggae labels in the US. Some of Uhuru's more
widely known songs include; "GuessWho's
Coming to Dinner" and "I Love King Selassie." In
1985, their album "Anthem" received the first-ever
Grammy for Reggae. Soon after receiving the
award, Rose left the band to pursue a solo career. "Dance Wicked," his latest release, contains a
After a brief hiatus from the business Rose number of powerful tracks that showcase his flam-
returned to the stu- boyant vocal style. They are mostly opti-
dio in the early PREV Wistic songs of love and social concious-
'90s, signing with ness, including "I Don't Want to Say
his current label Michael Rose Goodbye," a mellow lost love song and
Heartbeat Records. Toght "Lion in the Jungle" a duet with Maxi
Since then his Blnd Pig, 205 S. First Priest, similar to much of his early work
music has made Tickets $12.so in advance, with Black Uhuru. If the strength of this
him the company's album is any indication of what is to be
most important artist, releasing four albums and expected, then this show could showcase both
headlining the Heartbeat 15th Anniversary tour. Reggae music's past and future.
Michael Rose wants to jam with you.
o represent a strange neighbor-
uple in what is supposed to be an
d-shut custody case.
the trial for custody of 14-year-
ine Esterbrook brings about
is complications, Bob is faced
me disturbing questions: Who is
erious woman who claims to be
mother? What goes on behind
loors at the Esterbrook house?
y is his house being bugged by
men in black?
Higher Space" is a lot of scien-
umbo-jumbo that sounds good,
ides a plot that is as flat as luke-
da left overnight. Nasir cheats a
not developing his characters
l, leaving no likable or sympa-
characters to enliven a story
which has far too many holes. Bob is
often selfish and hard to understand.
Diane is aloof and bizarre, while the
Esterbrooks are the quintessential dys-
Like many bad science-fiction movies
that people watch just for the special
effects, "The Higher Space" leaves the
reader dissatisfied with the novel's hum-
drum cop-out ending and its oyerall
Still, Nasir does a good job of tempt-
ing the reader into thinking that perhaps
this book isn't so bad after all. But the
bottom line is that this book is not cohe-
sive enough to tell a compelling story
that people will be able to follow and
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