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Uprising Roots Band faces tough times - Group's headquarters destroyed by fire

Published:Friday | June 24, 2011 | 12:00 AM
Uprising Roots Band members Lloyd 'Akinsanyah' Palmer (left), Ruel 'Pot-aRice' Ashburn (second left), Rashaun 'Blackush' McAnuff (second right) and Joseph 'Junior Congo' Sutherland at their Fairbourne Avenue, East Kingston headquarters. - Photo by Mel Cooke

In a release to media yesterday, The Uprising Roots Band announced that its headquarters had burnt to the ground.

"Today, The Uprising Roots Band suffered a tragic and dramatic loss as our headquarters crumbled to ashes after a fire," a release coming from lead singer, Rashaun 'Blackush' McAnuff, read.

According to the release, the fire to the Fairbourne Road property consumed more than $10 million worth of equipment. However, the loss for the band is more than about money.

"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," McAnuff wrote.

The loss though, the release read, will not stop the group from putting out good music.

will rebuild

"This is 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.

"In life, when yuh buck yuh toes and fall yuh have to get up, brush yuhself off and move again," McAnuff said.

McAnuff also thanked those who have been supporting the group on behalf of the band.

"On behalf of the band, I wish to thank everyone for the tremendous outpouring of support and good wishes from members of the entertainment fraternity, neighbours and Jamaicans all around. We would also like to thank the police and fire department during this tragic time."