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International Music Icon And Grammy Award Winning Group Black Uhuru Makes History Again
International Music Icon and Grammy® Award Winner Black Uhuru set to perform at Loving the Silent Tears: A New Musical at the Shrine Auditorium Los Angeles California
Jamaican Reggae Legends Black Uhuru, led by founder Derrick “Duckie” Simpson, with Andrew Bees and Kaye Starh will join a prestigious cast of 2-time Grammy-winning artist Jon Secada, Grammy-winning icon Jody Watley, and Broadway stars: Tony winner Debbie Gravitte, Tony winner Kiril Kulish, Emmy winner and Tony nominee Liz Callaway, and Tony nominee Patti Cohenour, Arab singer Camellia Abou-Odah, Italian tenor Mark Janicello, Korean pop star Brian Joo, award-winning Israeli singer Liel Kolet, Irish soprano Katie McMahon, Korean singer Heather Park, award-winning Brazilian singer Fabiana Passoni, Persian superstar Siavash Shams, and Chinese platinum pop star Kay Tse.
The musical was created by 2-time Oscar winner Al Kasha and directed by the Tony-nominated Vincent Paterson. The first of its kind in theatre history, Loving the Silent Tears will take the audience on an elevating journey across six continents and 16 countries, to tell a compelling story about humanity’s search for inner peace and happiness.
Derrick “Duckie” Simpson expressed, “Being invited to join this prestigious event solidifies that Black Uhuru are Reggae Ambassadors, we won the 1st Grammy Award and are excited that we were given this platform to show the world that we are trailblazers that paved the way for current reggae artists. We are able to transition our musical skills from singing roots reggae into a Broadway style musical is unprecedented, you must possess a certain type of skill and talent to be able to excel in this area.” He continued, “No other group from the Caribbean or throughout the world was invited to represent Reggae, as unofficial Reggae Ambassadors we will proudly represent our music and our Jamaican culture with sheer magnificence!”
Loving the Silent Tears promises the ingenious direction of Tony nominee Vincent Paterson (Michael Jackson’s Bad and Madonna’s Blond Ambition tours), lively dances choreographed by Emmy-winning Bonnie Story (High School Musical), the imaginative stagecraft of Emmy-winning set designer John Iacovelli (Peter Pan), and a vibrant display of costumes by award-winning designer Sharell Martin(Chicago)
With all elements in place to make for absolutely thrilling musical theatre, the show was inspired by a poetry anthology titled Silent Tears, written years ago by world-renowned spiritual teacher, humanitarian and artist Supreme Master Ching Hai.
Taking a unique approach, multiple eminent composers have come together to set Supreme Master Ching Hai’s soulful verses to soaring melodies: 6-time Grammy winner and 2-time Oscar nominee Jorge Calandrelli (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), 2-time Oscar winner Al Kasha (The Poseidon Adventure), Emmy winner Doug Katsaros (Footloose), 2-time Grammy winner and Oscar nominee Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls)
With a superb cast and creative team, beautiful poetry as lyrics, and accompaniment by a 30-plus member dancing ensemble and a live orchestra, Loving the Silent Tears will be an unprecedented show of grand proportions and five-star production value.
The evening will commemorate the 19th anniversary of Supreme Master Ching Hai Day honoring the values of philanthropy and peace. A pre-show art exhibition at the venue will feature Supreme Master Ching Hai’s uplifting creative works, with free admittance for all attendees.
The red carpet premiere of “Loving the Silent Tears: A New Musical” will be held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Oct. 27. The red carpet arrivals begin at 3 p.m.; the show at 4 p.m.
In another landmark accomplishment, Black Uhuru recently performed at the Hard Rock Café in the Entertainment Capital of the World, Las Vegas, Nevada, they were later presented with a Proclamation and Keys to the City of Las Vegas by Mayor Carolyn Goodman and City Council, in recognition of their contribution to the entertainment industry. This honor has never been bestowed on any other reggae entertainer or group in the 100 year history of the City. August 31st is now officially designated Black Uhuru Day in the City of Las Vegas.
Black Uhuru currently has a new project in the works, with a single set to be released in December and the album at the beginning of 2013. The Group is currently on tour in the United States and will head to Europe in 2013 to coincide with the release of their highly anticipated new album.
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Page Updated Last on: Oct 10, 2012