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Ras Michael (Los Angelas, Jamaica)

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Ras Michael is a key element in African Reggae from Jamaica, and is internationally known as a master drummer, Reggae singer, Rastafarian priest, and Nyabinghi specialist. Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, his well-known band, Ras Michael and the Sons of Negus are leaders in the cultural roots movement. He has 30 albums and more awards than we can mention, including the 2001 Ragga Muffin Lifetime Achievement Award, Martin’s International Award for The Most Cultural Music Roots Band, and a nomination for the prestigious Peter Tosh Memorial Award in the 80s. One of his first albums, known as Dadawah, released late in the 70s, was a hit on the Billboard Magazine.

In the 1960s he worked at Coxsone Dodd’s legendary Studio One as a session musician and released a number of singles. He was the first member of the Rastafari movement to have a Reggae radio program in Jamaica ("The Lion of Judah Radio" program first aired in 1967). He performed at the seminal One Love Peace Concert in Jamaica in 1978 with the Wailers, and opened for the multitalented Roberta Flack at the National Stadium Jam, and thousands attended the magnificent show.

Ras Michael has worked, recorded and performed with some of the most legendary musicians in the world, including Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Lee Perry, Burning Spear, Robbie Shakespeare, Sly Dunbar, and Stevie Wonder. He was fortunate to record and sing, “Childern of the Universe,” with the original Wailers. He is known among the Raggae family of artist’s on the Shanachie Label, and is involved in the creation and building of the Fly Away Culture Center in Kingston, Jamaica. His musical recordings include Dadawah - Peace & Love + Nyahbinghi (1974), Rastafari Dub (1979), Revelation (1982), Zion Train (1988), A Weh Dem a Go Do Wid It (2003), Run Aggressors Run (featured in the film Catch A Fire, 2006), and many more.

Internationally, he acts as an evangelist, ambassador and diplomat for the Ethiopian Orthodox Tawahido Church.

While touring Paris, legendary Rastafarian Bob Marley was asked to comment on the talent of Ras Michael, and he replied sayin’, “Ras Michael is a roots master and Niyabinghi specialist. He tells you like it is.” To get to the real vibration of roots music, you have to listen to the sounds of the African and Jamaican roots master, Niyabinghi specialist, Ras Michael. He currently lives in California.    




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