This band of musicians’ mission is to use the power of their music to manifest positive change.
Uprising Roots Band is in the upper room of Reggae!
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Formed in 2006, Uprising Roots are among the veterans of the new movement of Jamaican bands returning to roots & culture. Among the big names to have encouraged them from the start are the guitarist Chinna Smith and the late Sugar Minott, for whom they performed on various occasions as a backing band. Due to their versatility as artists they also worked as a support band for Gyptian. All the members of the band, which hails from Rockfort, have previous musical experience: the drummer and vocalist Rashawn ‘Kush’ McAnuff for example, started performing in the concerts of his father, the well known Winston McAnuff. In 2011 they released their debut “Skyfiya”, shortly before their studio was almost completely destroyed in a fire. After their studio was rebuilt, Uprising Roots recorded a new work, “Black to I Roots”
Ascending like the Sky fire (sun) in the East, The Uprising Roots is borne out of Rockfort, East Kingston. Rising up with an assertive musical defiance, to bring forth a positive progressive change amongst humanity. This band of musicians’ mission is to use the power of their music to manifest this positive change. Uprising Roots is no ordinary band as they occupies the “Upper room” of reggae music and is dubbed as The “Element of Surprise
“Kush” Rashawn McAnuff (Drums/Lead vocal), was born into a musical family his father being the legendary Winston ‘Electric Dread’ McAnuff and his Uncle Dave ‘Makkaruffin’ McAnuff a professional drummer in his right. Kush started rehearsing with his Father’s band “Black Kush” while learning his skills by observing some of the best in the business, such as Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace, Sly Dunbar and Carlton Barrett. Kush has recorded and toured extensively with the “Inna De Yard all-stars” headed by musical director Earl “Chinna” Smith. Kush as the lead singer for the band is not your average drummer at all!
“Pot a Rice”
“Pot a Rice” Ruel Ashburn (Bass/Engineer/BV) started playing music at an early age at Mount Carmel revival church in St Andrew. His life was transformed at age twelve when he accompanied his Grandmother to convention and saw the church band spirited in action. His first interest was the drums, later moving on to learn the guitar, keyboard and eventually settling down with the bass. Inspired by the technique likewise simplicity of the legendary “Bagga Bass” on a visit to Tuff Gong studio with Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith. “Pot a Rice” is also the Engineer responsible for recording and mixing the bands’ debut album “Skyfiya” and has extend his mixing skills to other projects of his peers in the industry. He is CEO of his company Rice Field Productions.
“Akinsanya”, Lloyd Palmer (Dub Poet/Keyboard /BV). A humble son from the garden parish of St. Ann who grew up in the yam parish of Trelawny. With music being a part of the spiritual and social fabric of the Jamaican rural folks, he has continued in the tradition of his uncles and grandfather who sang and played music on their church band. Lloyd was exposed to music and it’s theory while being a student at the William Knibb Memorial High where he was on the schools’ choir. Akin started his musical journey into the reggae arena as a “Dub-Poet”, gaining his motivation and inspiration from some of Jamaica's greats; Virtuoso Jackie Mittoo, Robbie Lyn, Linton “Kwesi” Johnson and Mutabaruka in nurturing, honing and fusing his artistic talents. Akin was propelled into exploring the tenets of the Keyboards after experiencing unprofessionalism and short coming in bringing his art form to reality and satisfaction. “Akinsanya” being a ‘Dub-poet” brings another ingredient into the musical mix of potent roots music.
Goldson“( keyboard / backing vocals)
Conceptualized on 1st January 2006 the band core members met by jamming as musicians playing together “Inna de Yard”. “Kush” recalls seeing Earl “Chinna” Smith, a friend of his father Winston McAnuff, a fellow veteran Musician ,that introduced him to Pot a Rice. Chinna said “si yuh drummer deh” a “Rice” had been looking for a drummer to work with. This gave birth to the initial seasoning of Drum and Bass been infused together Uprising style. Another veteran in the business that was influential on the band is Sugar Minott as It was at his studio that a lot of the early practice and rehearsals took place. It was here that they would meet to rehearse and from here the start of their performing together on shows with Sugar Minott. UR has Played on various artistes albums locally and internationally including; Gyptian, Lutan Fyah, Warrior King, Midnites’(Kings Bell), Nyorah, Ras Zacharri, Dax Lion, lenn Hammond’s Raw Soul. UR has release their debut album “SKYFIYA” on their TRU MUSIK RECORDS label which is distributed online by Zojak and is available on all major online distribution world wide (Itunes, Amazon). UR, has signed a distribution deal with VP Records for their 2011 album Skyfya. “BLACK TO ROOTS” is the 1st single from the bands up coming album set to be release in ‘14.
Roots Band suffered a tragic and dramatic loss in June 21st 2011 as our
headquarters crumbled to ashes after a fire. 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. The loss though, will not
stop the group from putting out good music as we have started to recorded
their 2nd album at Tuff Gong Recording studios. Although this fire was
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.
Salute 2016 Jamaika
Geel 2015 Belgieum
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