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Ras Muhamad, The Reggae Ambassador of Indonesia, Talks About His Music

From Babylon to Jakarta.

Now, that's a hat. Photo credit: Ras Muhamad/MySpace

Raised in New York City and currently residing back in his home country of Indonesia, Ras Mohamad is the self proclaimed Reggae Ambassador of Indonesia. Ras claims the duty of bringing the pure sounds of reggae through Indonesia and beyond.

His style is straight up reggae and dancehall, except that he drops lyrics in his own form of Indonesian Patois. The rest of it is as authentic as it gets; upstroking guitar, heavy bass drums, and plenty of delay effect.

Ras got his start as a fixture in the New York hardcore scene in a band called The Laughing Amigos, composed of himself, two other Indonesians, and a French fellow. That’s how Ras got his first taste of performing live, something that he still considers a central part of his music.

Whiteboard Journal just did a little interview with Ras Muhamad and got his insights on reggae, reggae, and the burgeoning artform of Indonesian reggae. Enough reggae for ya?

Whiteboard Talks To Ras Muhamad

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=19935718&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=1&color=00ADEF&fullscreen=1&autoplay=0&loop=0

W_Music Series Vol.01: Ras Muhamad from Whiteboard Journal on Vimeo.

Written by M

February 16, 2011 at 5:31 pm

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Das Racist Kicked Out of the UK

London-based fans of Das Racist got the shaft Monday night when the band was forced to cancel their show at Cargo due to immigration issues. According to a post on their blog, they were confined to a waiting area with a few other parties whose motives for entering the country the authorities found questionable. Apparently, purveying their brand of humorous hip hop is an England no-no.

UK's most wanted...or not wanted. Photo credit: Kyle Johnson

An update Tuesday afternoon noted that “We were not deported (or removed) because of our ‘political views,’ that was a joke. Maybe a stupid one.” Don’t worry guys, we get it. But the UK authorities obviously didn’t get the “Three brown guys walk into an airport” joke, and for that, we share the disappointment of your English fans.

The tour is not quite over yet. Get ready for double the energy tonight, Luzern, Switzerland!

Das Racist’s upcoming tour dates

Written by M

December 14, 2010 at 3:56 pm

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