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For several decades Jamaicans won over the hearts of the world through a music known Reggae.
No other film highlights Jamaica rich musical heritage like the featured-length Documentary RiseUp, which is now showing in Jamaican cinemas. If you haven’t seen RiseUp yet, you need to do so as soon as possible.
RiseUp draws on the lives, hopes and aspirations of three Jamaican artistes and their bid to become part of the great Jamaican tradition of music, led by huge names such as Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Shaggy, Sean Paul, and the list goes on.
The documentary, shot over a five-year period, takes the crew over the verdant hills and deep valleys of the Jamaican countryside. Along this journey the crew stops in Hungry Town, a Kingston inner-city community, to focus on a then little-known artiste, Turbulence.
The travel takes you to the heights of Jacks Hill, in St Andrew suburbia, for the story of Ice Anastasia, a trio of wealthy, ‘uptown youths’ looking for their share of the musical pie.
Rural Jamaica is not left out in this exposé of the underground musical scene. Perhaps the most arresting subject in the documentary is that of Kemoy Reid, a young woman with the ‘voice of an angel’ who hails form the rural community of Raymonds in Clarendon.
Three different subjects, three different locations, three different stories, all woven together seamlessly by a single thread — music.
RiseUp has already garnered several international awards which is by no surprise given the quality work put out by the production team.
The film RiseUp, highlights the diversity and genius in Jamaican musical talents that the rest of the world envy.
See the NYC Premiere tailer below