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Manifesto Jamaica receives an Uprising

Published:Thursday | September 16, 2010
From left: Joseph Sutherland, Lloyd Palmer, Rashawn McAnuff, Ruel Ashburn and Jeffry Graham make up The Uprising Roots Band. - Contributed

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.

The performance of Steamers, Know Yourself, Marcus Garvey and Krash Like Lightening saw many rising to their feet, jumping and shouting in approval. It was, however, the performance of Brightest Light and Skyfiyah that really ensured The Uprising Roots Band's set would be one to remember.

Patrons of the concert, which was held in support of the upcoming arts festival Manifesto Jamaica, waited as long as it took to see the band perform and when it was over many were heard saying that it was well worth the wait. The Uprising Roots Band was performing among other bands like Raging Fyah, C-Sharp and the veteran Earl 'Chinna' Smith and the 'Inna de yard all stars', featuring, Congos, Kiddus I, Mathew McAnuff and Derajah.

"The reception from the crowd during our set was really good. It's a great feeling to know that people love and appreciate the good music that we are bringing to them. Music is innocent and pure and there is light that shines through it, so our music is all about showing that light; the brightest light," said Kush, the band's lead vocalist.

"We are really glad, Uprising Roots decided to be a part of the show. We are eager to spread reggae music more, it is good music," said Janine 'Jah 9' Cunningham, a representative from Manifesto Jamaica.

The band is still working on their debut album, The Uprising: Skyfiyah.