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Lothar was born in Paramaribo, Suriname. At the age of fourteen he moved to the Netherlands with his parents and learned to play the guitar on his own a year later. He eventually switched to bass when a band he was playing with needed a bass player. Lothar went on to play in numerous groups and toured in Amsterdam and Belgium. Now he’s finally getting around to doing some recording. His current group includes Pleuni Cost lead andbacking vocals and Jopie Jacobus on drums and percussion-Armando Jubitana on violin-Jose Inchausti on guitar. Lothar is currently involved in trying to help some of the indigenous people of Surinam whose land rights have come under attack. Apparently, the government of Surinam is still allowing gold mining and logging companies to expropriate land in violation of a 2007 ruling by the Inter-American Court for Human Rights. The song Live Under the Sky, which has a very poetic quality to it, is his first recorded release. Lothar says of the song, “It reminds me of my childhood in Surinam living with different cultures and my life, picking myself up and going forward.”

I'm a young singer, I was born in 1992. As a little girl I was already singing songs in flawed English while sitting on the toilet and as six year old girl I was singing opera in the shower. It was really clear to anyone that I could sing in the group eight musical. However, I always enjoyed singing. From hip hop to rock, I have tried many different things to find my own taste in music. When I was in high school, I took part in an open mic event. I thought that was a great experience and I really felt at home on the stage. When I was seventeen, I sang in a girl group. We occasionally performed at small festivals or neighborhood parties. I was a backing vocalist. Now I have found the Band The Uprisers. I was immediately impressed with their music taste and their motivation to make music. The only thing is that their rehearsal studio is in Zwijndrecht and I live in The Hague. But with this band, there is enough motivation to keep on moving forward. The first time I played with The Uprisers, it felt good. Maybe it’s the fact that they are older and more experienced, I’m not sure. But I know that it is good. Now I hope to be able to achieve the many goals that they have and above all, enjoy the music! Cause we are The Uprisers survivers, the soul survivers.

Armando Jubitana originally from Groningen has been playing since his 8th violin and played in various orchestras and bands (school) in Rotterdam. He is already 2 years active in the Rotterdam student Orchestra and participates in various projects in addition to his studies. In addition, he has started a String Quartet named itself "Modestia Quartet". He also like to experiment with music in addition to classical music and other styles to play the choice is quickly made to participate in this project and feels right at home in the band The Uprisers.

Jopie Jacobus was born in Curacao. He started to play drums at a young age. Later he joined the famous band Doble R from Curacao with which he played 4 times a week in hotel clubs in Aruba, Curacao and St. Maarten. In 1975 he came to Holland with Doble R for a tour. He stayed in Holland after the tour and he went on playing with many groups in Holland, Belgium and Germany. Jopie and Lothar Rozenblad became friends and started a Jimi Hendrix band with Paul van leeuwen. He also played with big bands from The Hague, Dordrecht and Rotterdam. Now he joined the band The Uprisers and also got his own latin orchestra.

Jose Inchausti originally from Maracaibo, Venezuela, lived in a few countries experimenting with different cultures which has been a major influence on his musical styles. He has found with the Uprisers the possibility to express the sounds that he has been quietly defining trough his life as a guitar player.