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“The Uprising Roots Orchestra's performance could only be described as awesome. The addition to the group of the horn section and Bo-Peep on rhythm guitar, has truly transformed the band into one of the best sounding local bands in Jamaica presently, and by the end of their performance the entire audience was in a trance. This band is now ready to conquer the world!”

“Firm roots! The Uprising Roots is a full reggae band with rich instrumentation, fresh sound and a positive message for progressive personal change that comes from within- a concept hard to find in modern day Jamaican music scene. Let the music blow your sails towards the brighter, positive side. ’m going to quote the words of The Uprising Roots as heard on the ‘Brighter Days’ song: “We want to tell to each and everyone to keep it on the brighter side, the positive side, no matter what is going on.” These guys, who are telling us to be positive, come from Jamaica, a country full of poverty and violence. In Europe we have much higher standards of living, even during this financial crisis and we are so negative about the future. I am not telling that the future is going to be better; I just want to shout at everybody to take a look around and get used to the idea that more than 50% of the world lives with less than 2 dollars a day while almost 1billion people go hungry each day.”

“THERE is a quote from the movie Robin Hood starring Russel Crowe, which says "rise and rise again until lambs become lions". This has been given a new meaning thanks to local reggae outfit Uprising Roots Band. This group of musicians is determined to become the phoenix — that mythical bird which rises from its ashes. The Uprising Roots Band recently lost everything in a fire that destroyed millions of dollars worth of equipment and its headquarters at Fairbourne Road in east Kingston. But on Sunday from the New Kingston venue The Deck, Uprising Roots Band like the phoenix began to soar again. Under the theme Music for Life, their recovery concert was endorsed by members of the music fraternity who came out in their numbers to lend support They all stood out, but it was the blooming prima donna Jah 9, who was the most captivating. In what could be her breakthrough performance, at times in tandem with Protojé, she came with A Warning, her catchy new single ,....”

“is not over for The Uprising Roots Band following a fire that destroyed several million dollars worth of equipment at its headquarters at 28 Fairbourne Road in east Kingston. Sticking to their mantra Music for Life, members of the band are pressing forward with the release of a new video for the singles Brightest Light and Positive. Both songs can be found on the Uprising Roots' conscious and inspiring first album Skyfiya. The band will also be staging a series of concerts to raise funds towards its rebuilding efforts. The series is slated to kick off on tomorrow night at The Deck in New Kingston. The show will feature a blend of veterans along with some budding fresh acts such as Protojé, Jah9, Iciency Mau and The Mau Mau Warriors, Vania, Earth Warrior, Field Marshal and the One Drop Band time. Among the elder entertainers will be Fred Locks and the Viceroys. ”

“n a release to media yesterday, The Uprising Roots Band announced that its headquarters had burnt to the ground. "Today, The Uprising Roots Band suffered a tragic and dramatic loss as our headquarters crumbled to ashes after a fire," a release coming from lead singer, Rashaun 'Blackush' McAnuff, read. According to the release, the fire to the Fairbourne Road property consumed more than $10 million worth of equipment. However, the loss for the band is more than about money. "Our camp was where the band called home and worked many long hours on our craft. Here is where we also recorded our first full-length album Skyfiya. There are many memories embedded in each square foot of the property," McAnuff wrote. The loss though, the release read, will not stop the group from putting out good music. "This is a setback for us. It will take some time to rebuild and recover from this loss - but we will recover, and continue to make good reggae, roots music. ”

“From Fairbourne Road of Rockfort, East Kingston comes the Uprising Roots, an actual self-contained reggae band, a rarity on the Jamaican music scene. Born in January 2006, the band is made up of five very talented musicians including Rashawn ‘Kush’ McAnuff on drums and lead vocals (Kush is the son of reggae veteran Winston McAnuff), Lloyd ‘Akinsanya’ Palmer on keyboards (Akinsanya also adds diversity to the group by means of his dub poetry), Ruel ‘Pot a Rice’ Ashburn on bass (Pot a Rice is also the Uprising studio engineer), Joseph ‘Junior’ Sutherland on percussion, and 809 band veteran Winston ‘Bopee’ Bowen on guitar. Uprising Roots’ latest effort is the self-produced ‘Skyfiya’. From the outset of the record it is obvious that the band is airtight and prides itself on producing high quality, organic reggae music.”

“Reggae music is often about solo artists rather than bands or groups, especially in recent years. But something has happened. Live music has had resurgence in popularity in Jamaica, several bands have formed and they’re touring the world. United Reggae has talked to The Uprising Roots Band and Dubtonic Kru to learn the story behind the upswing. Rashaun “Kush” McAnuff is the drummer in The Uprising Roots Band and was literally born into the music business as the son of vocalist and recording artist Winston McAnuff. He and his band have been playing together since 2006 and put out their debut album 'Skyfiya' earlier this year. Kush says he loves foundation music and positive music, and he seems happy about the resurgence of bands and live music in Jamaica. He describes the factors behind the upswing: “It’s about revival. The youths don’t pay attention to where reggae is coming from. It’s a call for righteousness and awakening.””

“The concept of a full functioning, single unit Reggae band is one which has largely become lost within the current landscape of Jamaican Reggae. When normally the concept of a 'band' is thrown around, it is done so meaning a group of players of instruments and a lead singer, but in Jamaican Reggae, 'band' more often means something else - A group of players of instruments who unite under one name to back a variety of lead singers at any given time. With that being the case, perhaps the mere existence, alone, of a group like the Uprising Roots Band is a big deal, even before you get to the fact that their music is absolutely divine. Fronted by Rashaun 'Black Kush' McAnuff who plays the drums and sings and is the son of reigning Reggae music royalty, Winston McAnuff, the URB is full of very skilled musicians who have come together not only as a backing unit for other vocalists, but as a BAND which makes and supports their own music which they've now released through Tru Musik Records”

“Within a neat border of similarly sized white stones, a fire smoulders at the Fairbourne Avenue, east Kingston, base of Uprising Roots Band. The three logs currently serving their final glowing hours are shifted intermittently with a long metal pole, curved at the end which goes into the fire, by band members. There have been many logs before those heading steadily towards ash close to midday on Tuesday, as the fire was lit on December 3, 2008, and has never been out since. That was almost a year before the band did Know Yourself, the first song completed for their debut album Skyfiya, which was officially launched on Monday, March 14. And just as they intend to feed as many logs as necessary to the fire to keep it burning, Uprising Roots' members plan any number of albums - all for themselves. ”

“THE high esteem in which the Rockfort community in east Kingston is held for its musical heritage was celebrated at the launch of the Uprising Roots' debut album Skyfiya at the Bob Marley Museum on Monday evening. Director/curator of the Jamaica Music Museum, Herbie Miller highlighted the musical tradition of that Corporate Area community, which has spawned a slew of pre-eminent local musicians including the Gaynair brothers, 'Bra' (Wilton) and Bobby, Tommy McCook, Dizzy Johnny Moore and Don Drummond. Stressing the musical worth of that end of the city, he recalled that the incubator was the Alpha Boys School and the finishing school was the legendary Count Ossie's Drummers from Warieka Hills, which would later become Mystic Revelation of Rastafari.”

“It took no more than two songs to win the audience over when The Uprising Roots Band rocked their performance set on Sunday at the Root of The Music concert,held on the grounds of the Bob Marley Museum. Their set began with King Rastafari, which merely whet the appetites of what seemed a reggae-hungry audience.”

“With authentic and real, unadulterated reggae music in their arsenal, the band pleases audiences and music lovers with each chord, lyric, rhythm and song.”

“The Caribbean is a melting pot of cultures, people, and traditions. But Jamaica is credited with the birth of a genre of music that is said to have encompassed the world, and we call it reggae. While the original messengers and prophets of the sound of reggae, such as Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Dennis Brown and Garnet Silk, are no longer with us, modern day musicians are taking on the mantle of spreading those sounds.”

“Still riding on the increasing success and popularity of their two latest singles, Brightest Light and Skyfiya, the Uprising Roots Band last week premiered the video for the single Skyfiya on Jamaican television, and has been getting good reviews about the project.”

“Uprising In The East”