Track written, recorded during 13-month stint away from home and before COVID outbreak
Derrick ‘Duckie’ Simpson, the founder of legendary reggae band, Black Uhuru, will this week release his latest single titled, Jamaica To Here.
He has partnered with SoCal independent label LAW Records to release the new single, which will be out this Friday (November 5), just months ahead of the band’s 50th anniversary.
South Florida Caribbean News reports that the single captures Black Uhuru at their best, passing the torch even as their flame continues to burn strong, in alignment with LAW’s mission of discovering and developing a new generation of emerging reggae artistes.
This is being done while simultaneously tracing a living historical connection between the genre’s future and its legendary Jamaican roots. In this single, Simpson is back out front with his earthy, soulful baritone trading verses with Dylan Seid of Chico-based reggae rock outfit Dylans Dharma.
Cover of a 1976 folk song by Ralph McTell entitled ‘Clare To Here’
South Florida Caribbean is reporting that the track is an unexpectedly groove-inducing cover of a 1976 folk song by English singer-songwriter Ralph McTell entitled Clare To Here. The song is inspired by Simpson’s time roving around California.
The track was written and recorded during a 13-month stint away from home, just prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. Explaining the song, Simpson remarked that, “it’s a long, long way from Jamaica to California. Was kinda getting homesick and stuff like that. In the original song, he’s thinking about Josephine in County Clare. And I’m thinking about Carly back in Jamaica”.
Continuing, he added: “So that’s how the lyric came up. We’re smoking a lot, and we’re in the studio, bustin ‘lyrics, you know? ‘Only time I feel alright is when I’m into smokin’. Eases all the pain inside and level out my thinking … it’s a long, long way from Jamaica to here.’ I wanted to go home, man.”