The Uprising Roots Band
Ascending like the Sun in the East, The Uprising Roots Band is born out of Rockfort, East
Kingston. The Uprising Roots signifies defiance and assertiveness in actions to bring forth
progressive and positive change amongst humanity. This band of musicians' mission is
to use the power of their music to manifest this positive change.
Located on Fairbourne Road, the studio and band headquarters is a real family home that is shared by the band members, artists and often visitors from overseas. Reminiscent of the "old skool" studio "family vibes" where everyone worked, rest and play together. Cooking is a shared "family affair" and there is always someone on hand to prepare the meal. The "Element of Surprise" as they have been named is no ordinary band.
"Kush" Rashawn McAnuff (Drums/Lead Vocal), started his career touring with his father, recording artist Winston Mc Anuff. "Kush" who learned his skills from some of the best in the business, "Horsemouth', Sly Dunbar and Carlton Barrett. Kush also the lead singer for the band, is not your average drummer at all!
"Pot a Rice" Ruel Ashburn (Bass/Engineer/Backing Vocal) started playing music at an early age first learning the drums, later moving on to learn guitar, keyboard and eventually the bass. Inspired by the legendary "Bagga Bass" Walker on a visit to Tuff Gong studio with Earl "Chinna" Smith. "Pot a Rice" is also the engineer for the Uprising studio.
"Akinsanya" Lloyd Palmer (Dub Poet/Keyboard/Backing Vocal) started his musical journey into the reggae arena as a 'Poet' and was inspired by the virtuoso Jackie Mittoo, Robbie Lyn, Linton "Kwesi" Johnson and Mutabaruka, in nurturing, honing and fusing his artistic talents. "Akinsanya" being a 'Dub-poet' brings another ingredient into the musical mix.
"Jeffrys" Jeffry Graham (Keyboard/Backing Vocal) the other keyboard player in the band offers a different flavour as his background is more traditional Black Gospel and Jazz. With an artistic flair and exceptional keyboard skills he brings a soulful sound to the group.
"Junior" Joseph Sutherland (Percussionist/Backing Vocal)) started out as a Nyabinghi drummer and since working with The Uprising Roots Band has been experimenting 'outside of the drum' with various instruments, pot covers and whatever else he can get his hands on.
Conceptualized on 1st January 2006 the band core members met by jamming together 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" as "Rice" had been looking for a drummer to work with. This gave birth to the initial seasoning of Drum & Bass been infused together Uprising style.
Another veteran in the business that was influential on the band is the late great 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. "Kush" on his musical journey met percussionist "JuniorCongo" and it was decided to add some extra spice to the blend by bringing him into the band. Both in 2005 and 2006 they were the accompanying band at Sugar Minott's "Reggae in the Hills" in St Catherine, Jamaica.
In 2007 they began touring with Gyptian to Guadeloupe, French Guyana and Suriname. "Jeffrys" joined the band for a tour to Barbados and Suriname again with Gyptian in 2008. Also in 2008 the band worked on "Black my Story" in Jamaica alongside a whole host of artists including Natural Black, Turbulence, Lenn Hammond, Eazy Wayne, Hero, Nesbeth, Lutan Fyah and Sugar Minott. The band performed with Duane Stephenson, Nikiesha Barnes and Toots Hibbert at the CTV "Breakfast with the Stars" tribute to Jimmy Cliff and on "Roots Reggae Rising" in Kingston, most recent of all Protéjé’s "Seven years wish", "Bands Incorprorated 2" and John Holt in Negril Jamaica.
To date The Uprising Roots Band has performed with many different artists. Their diverse membership and exposure to many different genres of music makes this a dynamic band, able to adapt to meet the needs of many different audiences. The Uprising Roots is a performance band in their own right and work with their own label artists such as Elijah Prophet, Spoda Ranx, Lenn Hammond, Vania Colours and Earth Warrior as well as accompanying other artists as required. As the owners of their own studio they are also a production band and can be called upon to compose rhythms or for live recording sessions. Currently The Uprising Roots Band has released their new single "Know Yourself" on TruMusik Records and is working on the eventual release of their much anticipated debut album.
For bookings contact: 1(876) 928-5576 / 1(876) 840-4049 / 1(917) 346-9161