Sandra”puma” Jones/Black Uhuru
Born: Oct 5, 1953
Columbia, South CarolinaUSA
Died: Jan 28, 1990
At the end of the ’70s, American sociologist Sandra ‘Puma’ Jones went to Jamaica to find her African roots. There, she sang with Ras Michael and other native artists and was invited by Duckie Simpson to join Black Uhuru for the recording sessions of the 1979 album, Showcase. She went on to sing on 7 studio albums. Together with Michael Rose, Duckie Simpson and the extraordinary musicians Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, they built the most successful reggae act after Bob Marley. When Rose left the band in 1984, Jones was committed to continuing with the band, but in 1987 she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She returned to
New York City for treatment but died on 28th January 1990.