Video's*
Singles*
VP Records
Ras Michael
zion gate
The Ible
Zion ComeInity
Marketplace
Donations
Forum
Ible Audio
Ible Written
Share
facebook
Twitter
Biography:
Interviews

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

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. 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 drumming. From 1974 they regularly released albums, combining electric instruments with traditional hand drumming. 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. With the Sons of Negus he recorded an album (Love Thy Neighbor) with Perry at the Black Ark.

Negus is a title of Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie, the Almighty God of the Rastafarian movement, and none pays him more eloquent homage than Ras Michael and his group, the Sons of Negus. This is the beat of the heart, based on the original "instrument of ten strings," the hand-beaten drum. OnDadawah in 1975, Michael took a religious ceremonial gathering as the basis for an album of elegant poetry and raw, visceral power. Later, eschewing minimalism, such works as Promised Land Soundsadded electronics and produced a primeval psychedelia without compare in Jamaican history. This is the sound of the Roots Church in the 21st century, highly charged hymns for humanity's future survival.

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

  • 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
  • Live Ina Babylon (2009), Sankofa

 


Support I&I Music
amazon
Itact
zion
itunes
myspace
twitter
facebook
2012 I chance fi change
I&I sponsors
FAQ
Itact

 

 

Zion gate
Home
ToZion Foundation
 

 

 

Current Issues
Other subjects
Message Board
Links
Lyrics
Nyahbinghi
Nyahbinghi
Reggae A-ZReggae A-Z
Rising Reggae
Rising Reggae
Lovers Rock
Lovers Rock
Dancehall
Dancehall
DubDub
Ska
Ska
Riddims
Riddims
Sound Systems
Sound Systems
Top 21
Top 21
Gospel
Gospel
Soul
Soul
R&B
R&B
Rap
Rap
Funk
Funk
Blues
Blues
Jazz
Jazz
African Music
African Music
Disco
Disco
Rock
Rock
Pop
Pop
Latin
Latin
Techno
Techno
Country
Country
Singer/Songwriters
Singer/Songwriters
Other Music Genres
Other Music Genres
Radio Stations
Radio Stations
Music Labels
Music Labels
Record Store
Record Store
Festivals
Festivals
DJ's
DJ's
News
News