In the past years we’ve seen reggae music reaching higher heights at a global scale, we’ve seen the energy pumping in Jamaican young artists and the confidence and desire to unite and support one another to spread the Rastafari message. Most times, reggae music is fused with world sounds to crossover and reach wider masses. A lot of people appreciate the new movements, others look back reminiscing the golden ages of reggae, of artists like Burning Spear, Aswad or Black Uhuru.
One contemporary band that holds up the flag for real roots reggae music and preservation of Jamaican culture is The Uprising Roots. In 2011 they released their first album, “Skyfiya” and had their HQ on Fairbourne Road in Kingston actually on fire. That’s what held them back for a while but, in the same time, strengthened their connection and brought a new meaning to their music. A second album is about to release, most probably, this year titled “Black To I Roots”.
For this new Reggaelizin’ Interview we linked up with three of the band members, Rashaun ‘Black Kush’ McAnuff (lead singer and drummer), Ruel ‘Pot-a-Rice’ Ashburn (bass) and Joseph ‘Jr. Congo’ Sutherland (percussions), to find out more about their music, their mission and what they stand for.