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Ras Midas (born in 1958, Clarendon Parish, Jamaica) is a reggae artist and member of the Rastafari movement most famous for his album Rastaman in Exile. He went to the United Kingdom to live age 13. He began his career in music in 1968, and later enjoyed popularity with reggae audiences in France, before relocating to the United States.
RAS MIDAS, The Musical Prophet BIRTH PLACE: Clarendon, Jamaica, April 24, 1958. EDUCATED: England. GENRES: Reggae, World music, pop.
Ras Midas is an internationally established singer, songwriter, performing and recording artist, and composer and producer; he has produced dynamic Reggae and World music since 1974. At the age of 16, Ras Midas began recording at the famous Harry J. Recording Studio, Kingston, Jamaica, with Reggae's finest musicians and vocalists.
Ras Midas, a true Rastaman, is an original. With a distinctive style and a silky smooth voice, he sings with the mission of a musical revolutionary. He was dubbed “The Musical Prophet” in Europe early in his career. A European and African sensation, Ras Midas consistently delivers dynamic, high energy performances, with positive and pensive lyrics floating over steady, solid roots rock Reggae music.
Ras Midas’s first international hit was the Reggae World Beat release “Kude-A-Bamba,” recorded in English and Swahili on Island Records/Harry J. Records; the single nearly immediately sold half a million copies worldwide. The first Jamaican artist to record Reggae lyrics in French, the bilingual hit song, “Too Long In The Wind/Tout Temps Dan Le Vent.” “Rastaman In Exile,” was released on Disc A-Z (France) and quickly climbed the charts in France and French-speaking African and Caribbean countries. “Rastaman In Exile” earned the Album of The Year award in France (1980) and is still regarded as one of the best roots rock Reggae albums of all time.
Recorded at Harry J. Recording Studio, Kingston, Jamaica, “Rain & Fire” (1978) and “Reflections” (1976) were released on Island Records/Harry J. Records; Ras Midas’s first album, “Cover Me,” (1974) was released on Trojan Records / Harry J. Records, and “Stand Up Wise Up” (1986) was released on Celluloid (France). Background vocalists on these albums include Marcia Griffiths, Judy Mowatt, Pam Hall (The I-Threes), and Anesia Banks. Musicans include: Drummers - Sly Dunbar, Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace, Mikey Richards. Bass players - Robbie Shakespeare, Val Douglas, Circle Lewis (Inner Circle). Guitarists - Andy Bassford, Dwight Pickney, Gitsy Stuart, Earl “Wire” Lindo. Piano/organ - Gladstone Anderson, Ansell Collins, Winston Wright, Franklin “Bubbler” Waul. Clavenett/Synthesizer – Peter Ashbourne, Robert Lyn. Horns - Dean Frazer, R. Nambo Anderson, Junior Chin. Percussion: Sticky Simpson, Skully.
Inspired by the acceptance of and demand for his music in Europe, Africa, South America and the United States, Ras Midas founded JML Music Productions/JML Records in 1987 and produced “Stand Up, Wise Up” (1986), “Loving Vibration” (1998), “Confirmation” (2000), “Reaching Out” (2006) and “Fire Up” (2010). “Loving Vibration” was ranked No. 3 by worldwide music critics in the 1998 Top Ten independently produced Reggae albums.
Ras Midas’s powerful messages of social justice, love, unity, and consciousness have remained unchanged over nearly four decades; “The Musical Prophet” pushes traditional Reggae music into a new, contemporary dimension while retaining its Reggae roots.