The Uprising Roots
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The Uprising Roots

Kingston, Kingston, Jamaica | Established. Jan 01, 2006 | INDIE

Kingston, Kingston, Jamaica | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2006
Band World Reggae


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"Dancing in the eye of the Storm, Reggae Jam Germany 2015 Review"

Hats…. I mean umbrellas off to this year’s performers Jamaican and non-Jamaican alike, who despite the nasty weather gave over the top performances and kept the energy level way up. Notable mentions like Uprising Roots provided authentic sounds of roots reggae, sang old and new hits from their albums including from their latest album Black To I Roots we hear Trenchtown. Massive shout out to this band and to the audience who not only endured the cold rain and vicious wind during the performance but danced to their music as if they had no care in the world. - Loriquast

"The Band which was the Ultimate Surprise Of Rototom '15"

Second on stage was the band that represented to me the absolute surprise of the Festival, the Uprising Roots. Playing with no lead singer, the centre of the stage was left to a picture of Rastafari leaning on the drums with the drummer and the keyboard player sharing the singing part of the show. Their sound was pure roots, powerful and organic, the kind of sound only a proper band can put up and brought us back to the 70s – 80s reggae sound reminding us a little bit of the mighty Black Uhuru with a more poetic sound. Their show reached its peak on tunes like Skyfia, Trench Town, Time and Black To I Roots, our personal highlight of the show.

I have to admit I didn’t know much about this band before, but their music and their attitude made me want to learn more and more about them.
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"Our Favourite Reggae Albums 2011 . United Reggae"

Uprising Roots BandUprising Roots Band – Skyfiya
The debut album from one of the several bands that have surfaced in Jamaica in recent years. This is eerie roots reggae that pays homage to pioneering Jamaican groups such as Culture and The Gladiators. - United Reggae

"The Uprising Roots – Skyfiya (TruMusik Records)"

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. - Freegan Kolektiva

"The Uprising Roots Band delivers Skyfiya video"

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.
With the song already popular in reggae markets such as North America and Europe, the video is set to trek the path made by the roots reggae single when it was released last month.
The video premiered on Jamaican cable television, and is making its way into the mainstream schedule of rotations, something that manager Darren Hamilton attributes to the "realness and feel of the video".
"The song Skyfiya is a real and true reggae song that is sweeping reggae markets around the world. We're pleased with how well the song is picking up, and the video will help to give it that much more push to take it to the next level," Hamilton said.
He continued that like the single, which was recorded, written, and produced by the band at their studios in East Kingston, the video is poised to please music and reggae lovers.
"What is true is that The Uprising Roots Band has a sound and mastery of that sound that gives them a real, raw, authentic reggae flavour. The band loves making music, they love every aspect of producing and creating music, and they are a set of extremely talented and diverse musicians," Hamilton remarked.

The Uprising Roots Band makes music to uplift and invigorate minds and spirits, a mission which has been adapted for the production of their music videos. As a complement of a talented set of musicians, the band is focused on the many ways they can please the ear, uplift the mind, and soothe the soul with their music.

With the release of the video, the band promises a special level of creativity and dedication when it comes to other videos it will make in support of upcoming singles, and Hamilton guaranteed that more will soon be heard from The Uprising Roots Band .
- Jamaica Observer

"A Roots Uprising"

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.

The Uprising Roots Band, often noted as one of the more authentic reggae roots bands in Jamaica, continues to spread the sounds and positive vibrations of reggae music through their songs and performances all over the world.

The band is readying to release their debut album later this year, something that the entire Uprising Roots Band family is excited about. From their east Kingston studio, the band has released three singles which are enjoying regular rotation in reggae-loving regions of the Caribbean, Europe and North America.

The singles, Brightest Light, Skyfiya, and Know Yourself are shining examples of what the band is all about.

A five-piece-Rastafarian outfit, the band remains true to their love of music - which dummer and lead vocalist Rashawn 'Blackush' McAnuff says is an integral part of their formula for success.

Love for music

"Everybody in the band loves music. Just the sounds that come out of the instruments and the way we, as a group, can make that work and make those sounds into music. That, for us, is what everything is all about," McAnuff said.

The Uprising Roots Band is a complement of a talented set of musicians, who are really very much in love with the many ways they can please the ear, uplift the mind, and soothe the soul with their music and creativity, which is what McAnuff thinks makes their music "real and true reggae" - Jamaica Gleaner

"Uprising at Christopher's"

Uprising at Christopher's
Published: Thursday | July 8, 2010

Christopher's Café will come alive with the sounds of The Uprising Roots Band today.

The band will be performing songs from their upcoming debut album, as well as hot singles they have released in the last few months.

Particularly known for the tracks Skyfiya and Brightest Light, The Uprising Roots Band has shot to popularity locally, as well as in Europe and North America.

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

Darren Hamilton, manager of The Uprising Roots Band says that live music lovers can look out for a "mind-blowing experience".

First impression

"The band takes pleasure in making great first impressions, and this is the first time we will be performing at Christopher's. We know the crowd that comes is a real music-loving and appreciating set of people, and the band will make sure that they enjoy themselves," said Hamilton.

While mum about many things related to the album, Hamilton said the band is looking forward to a mid-August release for their almost-completed project.

Hamilton also said that while live music events such as that being staged at Christopher's were dwindling, they remain an important part of ensuring that Jamaica's music and musicians stay alive.

"It is very important that musicians and performers have a space to exercise their craft, and where music lovers can get a chance to see music in its truest and purest form. It's absolutely fantastic that Christopher's has provided this platform for our local music to shine and grow," he commented.

Christopher's is located inside the Quad Night Club on Trinidad Terrace and hosts live music events every Thursday. - Jamaica Gleaner






  1. Time
  2. Might cant beat right
  3. Trench town



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 platforms world wide (Itunes, Amazon). This album debut at #40 on the Itunes Top 100 reggae chart and was listed in the top 10 best reggae album for 2011 by international reggae magazines, journalists and practitioners at large.  UR, has signed a distribution deal with VP Records for their 2011 album SKYFIYA. The Uprising 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 are now ready to launch "BLACK To I Roots" our 2nd album recorded at Tuff Gong Studios. "Time", "Trench Town" and "Might can't beat right.This album BLACK TO I ROOTS is slated to be officially release in early 2016. LEGEND IN THE ROOTS MIX
The Uprising roots is honoured to have some living legends of the Jamaican music industry as part of our ensemble, imparting their knowledge and skills as we move forward. These are respectively the pillars of reggae music, Winston ‘Bopee’ Bowen, guitarist extraordinaire, international session guitarist whom play with the likes of the great jamaican artist like Dennis Brown, Luciano and Beres Hammond just to name a few. He also produces records on his label Jobes Hill Records. He has played in groups with the likes of Dean Fraser, The Roots Radics, Lloyd Parkes and we the People band, The 809 Band and The Aggrovators for number of years. He was also a member of the Taxi Gang Band Aggregation led by Grammy winners Sly & Robbie who went on the Taxi Connection European Tour in with international reggae artists such as Yellow Man, Bunny Wailer and I Jah Man Levi. Veteran musician with many skills as songwriter, percussionist, arranger, vocal and producer. In the many number one hits he has played on “Money In My Pocket” Dennis Brown, “Ballistic Affair” Leroy Smart, “Yaho Yaho” The Jays.

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