Entertainment

Kush drums up support for Brazil

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL
Observer senior writer

Thursday, June 14, 2018

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Anyone who has seen the Uprising Roots Band in action can attest to the frenetic beats of drummer Rashaun “Kush” McAnuff. He once showed that energy on the football field.

McAnuff played two seasons (1996 and 1997) of daCosta Cup for Spalding High School in Clarendon. He played midfield and forward, and later turned out for Hill Star Strikers in the Manchester parish league.

Recording sessions and live shows will compete for his attention in the next month, as he plans to tune into the World Cup. Brazil is the diminutive musician's choice to win the 32-team tournament.

“The number one reason why I love Brazil is because of the glorious history it has through the passage of time in all World Cups. And it is home of one of the greatest footballers the world has ever seen….Pele,” he said.

McAnuff added that he followed Brazil's impressive qualifying campaign and warm-up matches. They were favourites for the last World Cup which they hosted but were eliminated by eventual winners Germany in the semi-finals.

They have the quality to go all the way this time, McAnuff believes.

“Brazil have some of the top-class players: Neymar, Casemiro and Coutinho, just to name a few. The players that are going to shine at the World Cup are Neymar, Griezmann (of France) and Modric (of Croatia),” he predicted.

Most of McAnuff's professional time is spent with Uprising Roots and touring with the Inna Di Yard group. However, he does find time to hit the football field.

“I still play and keep fit because as you know the temple of the Most High begins with the human body which houses our life and existence. So I always cherish the essence of life and support a healthy lifestyle,” he said.

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