Ras Michael

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Ras Michael
Birth name Michael George Henry
Born 1943 (age 70–71)
St. Mary, Jamaica
Genres Reggae
Instruments Vocals, repeater
Labels Trojan, Dynamic Sounds, ROIR, VP
Associated acts The Sons of Negus, Suns of Arqa

Michael George Henry (born 1943), better known as Ras Michael, is a Jamaican reggae singer and Nyabinghi specialist. He also performs under the name of Dadawah.

Biography[edit]

Henry was born in St. Mary, where he was raised in a Rastafari community.[1] As a teenager he moved to Kingston's Waterhouse district where he played with local Rastafari musicians.[1] He set up the Zion Disc label in the mid-1960s, and also 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 Time program first aired in 1967 on the JBC). His band is called The Sons of Negus and are known for their traditional Nyabinghi drumming and chanting.[2] From 1974 they regularly released albums, combining electric instruments with traditional hand drumming.[1] Ras Michael contributed to recording sessions at Lee "Scratch" Perry's Black Ark studio (including sessions with Bob Marley), and he performed with Marley at the One Love Peace Concert in Jamaica in 1978.[2] With the Sons of Negus he recorded an album (Love Thy Neighbor) with Perry at the Black Ark.[1] He recorded 'Give Love' with Suns of Arqa in 1984 for their album India?. In all, he has recorded over 25 albums.[2]

In addition to acting as an evangelist, ambassador and diplomat for the Ethiopian Orthodox Tawahido Church internationally, Ras Michael is one of the founders and president of the Rastafarian International/Marcus Garvey Culture Center in Los Angeles, and the Fly Away Culture Center in Kingston, Jamaica. Currently he lives in California.

Discography[edit]

  • Nyahbinghi (1974), Starapple/Trojan
  • Dadawah - Peace & Love (1974), Wildflower
  • Freedom Sounds (1974), Dynamic Sounds
  • Rastafari (1975), Grounation
  • Tribute to the Emperor (1976), Trojan
  • Irations of Ras Michael & Sons of Negus Volume One (1977), Top Ranking
  • Kibir Im Lak (1977), Top Ranking
  • Movements (1978), Dynamic Sounds
  • Love Thy Neighbour (1979), Jah Life
  • Promised Land Sounds (1980), Lion's Gate
  • Disarmament (1981), Trojan
  • Revelation (1982), Trojan
  • Rally Round (1985), Shanachie
  • Zion Train (1988), SST
  • Know Now (1989), Shanachie
  • Rastafari Dub (1989), ROIR
  • Mediator (1992), High Times
  • Spiritual Roots (1999), VP
  • Lion Country (1999), Roots & Culture
  • A Weh Dem a Go Do Wid It (2003), ROIR
  • Try Love (2006), Vista Ave Entertainment
  • Live Ina Babylon (2009), Sankofa
Compilations
  • New Name (1994), Culture Press
  • Anthology (2001), Culture Press
  • Merry Peasant (2003), 2b1
  • Reggae Best (2004), Culture Press
  • Reggae Masters (2009), Creon

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Katz, David (2006) People Funny Boy: The Genius of Lee "Scratch" Perry, Omnibus Press, ISBN 9781846094439, p. 305
  2. ^ a b c Cooke, Mel (23 January 2013). "Ras Michael focused on togetherness - Two-hour set to be witnessed at Redbones Blues Cafe". Jamaica Gleaner. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 

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