is a Jamaican reggae
Reggae is a music genre first developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. While sometimes used in a broader sense to refer to most types of Jamaican music, the term reggae more properly denotes a particular music style that originated following on the development of ska and rocksteady.Reggae is based...
singer and Nyabinghi specialist. He also performs under the name of Dadawah
In the 1960s he worked at Coxsone Dodd
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’s legendary Studio One as a session musician and released a number of singles. He was the first member of the Rastafari movement
The Rastafari movement or Rasta is a new religious movement that arose in the 1930s in Jamaica, which at the time was a country with a predominantly Christian culture where 98% of the people were the black descendants of slaves. Its adherents worship Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia , as God...
to have a reggae radio program in Jamaica ("The Lion of Judah Radio" program first aired in 1967). His band is called The Sons of Negus
and are known for their drumming. He performed with Bob Marley
Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley, OM was a Jamaican singer-songwriter and musician. He was the rhythm guitarist and lead singer for the ska, rocksteady and reggae band Bob Marley & The Wailers...
at the One Love Peace Concert
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in 1978. 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
Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr., ONH was a Jamaican publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, and orator who was a staunch proponent of the Black Nationalism and Pan-Africanism movements, to which end he founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League...
Culture Center in Los Angeles
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, and the Fly Away Culture Center in Kingston, Jamaica
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. Currently he lives in California
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Recently Ras was seen performing at the Calgary Spoken Word Festival on April 4, 2009 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with the Canadian Son's of Negus. [Bambalamb], Ras Michael's long time friend and nyabinghi student assisted in securing Ras a spot in the [Calgary Spoken Word Festival] headed by [Sheri-D]. Ras played for 3 hours in the Chinese Multicultural Centre to an intimate crowd.
Birds in the treetop
- Birds in the Treetops
- Praising Far I
- Flowers in the Garden
- Bowing Down their Heads
- Rastaman sit up giving praises
- Praises unto Far I
- Then why should I?
- Why should I?
- Not praise Rastafari?
- Birds in the Treetop by Ras Michael
- Dadawah - Peace & Love + Nyahbinghi (1974)
- Peace and Love (1975)
- Rastafari (1975)
- Rastafari Dub (1975)
- Tribute to the Emperor (1976)
- Irations of Ras Michael & Sons of Negus Volume One (1977)
- Kibir Im Lak (1977)
- Movements (1978)
- Love Thy Neighbour (1979)
- Promised Land Sounds (1980)
- Disarmament (1981)
- Revelation (1982)
- Ras Michael & Zion Train (1984)
- Rally Round (1985)
- Zion Train (1988)
- Know Now (1990)
- Glory to God (1992)
- Spiritual Roots (1999)
- Lion Country (1999)
- A Weh Dem a Go Do Wid It [re-recorded and remix by SubaDread] (2003)
- Run Aggressors Run (featured in the film Catch A Fire 2006)