Upper Hutt Posse “Dread On A Mission”

1996-upper-hutt-posse-dread-on-a-mission“Babylon, stop your murdering!” Upper Hutt Posse are dreads on a mission with this politically charged reggae number. The video is directed by Chris Graham and it visits a number of landmarks including Parliament, Wellington railway station and with an axe on One Tree Hill (ha!). But there are also scenes on a beach, in the bush and at a marae.

They seem most staunch and at easy when they’re in the rural or coastal areas, far away from Babylon (i.e. the police, court system, government). But if the Posse are in the middle of the big bad city, rapping outside the Auckland District Court, they still hold their own.

There’s a confrontation at a train station. A dreadlocked guy bumps into a crowd of skinheads who aren’t happy. He’s outnumbered, but he stands strong and we catch glimpses of the invisible posse behind him. The skinheads beat it. Upper Hutt Posse has a posse.

Best bit: the shirtless MC bothering a man in a suit outside the District Court.

Director: Chris Graham
Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

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