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Ras Midas

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Irie™ Magazine | Reggae Music - Jamaica
Ras Midas

 

“Music is my only weapon, singing is my self-defense.”

RAS MIDAS

Biography

Singer, songwriter, performing and recording artist, composer and producer, Ras Midas has produced critically acclaimed roots rock Reggae music since 1974, when he began recording unique and innovative songs for legendary Jamaican producer, the late Harry Johnson (Harry J Recording Studio, Kingston, JA).

Ras Midas’s first album, Cover Me (1974), was released on Harry J Records/ Trojan Records, and was followed by Reflections in 1976. His first international hit, “Kude-A-Bamba,” was recorded in English and, at Chris Blackwell’s suggestion, in Swahili on Harry J Records/ Island Records (1976); the single quickly sold half a million copies worldwide.

Kude-A-Bamba (1978) and Rain And Fire (1979) were released on Harry J Records/ Island Records; Rastaman In Exile was recorded at Harry J’s and released on Disc AZ International (France) in 1980, and voted Reggae Album Of The Year in France. In 1984 Stand Up Wise Up, recorded at Harry J’s, was released on Celluloid (France).

In 1979, Ras Midas collaborated with the late Jamaican DJ I-Roy (Roy Samuel Reid), on 12” disco mixes of “Kude-A-Bamba,” “Trouble Town”, and “Good Old Days” (Harry J Records/Virgin Records), and “Good Old Days” were re-released in 1981 on Tribesman Records, U.K. The disco mixes of “Can’t Stop Rastaman Now” and “Rain And Fire” were released on Warrior Records, a subsidiary of Universal Records, in 1980.

Stand Up Wise Up was re-released on vinyl in the U.S. on Ras Midas’s label, JML Records, in 1988, followed by Loving Vibration (1998), Confirmation (2000), Reaching Out (2006), and Fire Up (2010). Rastaman In Exile – remixed and remastered, was released on CD in October, 2016 on JML Records. Loving Vibration was rated No. 3 by music critics in the 1998 Top Ten independently produced World Music albums category and, two years later, Confirmation was a Top Ten contender for consideration for a Grammy Award.

Always recording with top-notch, respected musicians and vocalists, Ras Midas’s albums feature background vocals from Marcia Griffiths, Judy Mowatt, Rita Marley, Pamela Hall, Annesa Banks, Keble Drummond, Carlton Smith, Junior Moore, and The Tamlins.

Musicians who have recorded with Ras Midas include, but are not limited to:

Drums – Sly Dunbar, Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace, Mikey Richards, Carlton “Santa” Davis
Bass – Robbie Shakespeare, Val Douglas, Ian Lewis (Inner Circle), Ranchie McLean
Guitars – Ernest Ranglin, Andy Bassford, Dwight Pickney, Lloyd “Gitsy” Willis,
Eric “Bingi Bunny” Lamont, Winston “Bo Pee” Bowan
Keyboards – Gladstone “Gladdy” Anderson, Ansell Collins, Winston Wright,
Franklin “Bubbler” Waul, Earl “Wire” Lindo, Peter Ashbourne, Robert Lynn
Harmonica – Jimmy Becker
Horns – Dean Frazer, Ronald “Nambo” Anderson, Junior “Chico” Chin, Glen De Costa
Percussion – Uzziah “Sticky” Thompson, Noel “Skully” Simms, Sylvan Morris,
Herman “Bongo Herman” Davis, Leroy “Mabrak” Mattis

Sylvan Morris, one of the most acclaimed Reggae music engineers and arrangers, worked with Ras Midas on all of his albums except Reaching Out and Fire Up.

A Rastaman with a distinctive style and a silky smooth voice, Ras Midas sings with the mission of a musical revolutionary. Dubbed “The Musical Prophet” early in his career, Ras Midas’s powerful messages of social justice, love, unity, and spiritual consciousness have remained unchanged over four decades.

Consistently presenting electrifying performances which showcase positive lyrics sung over solid, original, and authentic roots rock Reggae rhythms, Ras Midas continues to push traditional Reggae music into a new and contemporary dimension while still retaining its roots.

Official Website: https://www.rasmidas.com

Irie™ Magazine World Reggae Edition April '420' 2016

April 2017

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