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Ras Midas

Singer, songwriter, performing and recording artist, composer and producer, Ras Midas has produced critically acclaimed roots rock Reggae music since 1974, when he began recording unique and innovative songs for legendary Jamaican producer, the late Harry Johnson (Harry J Recording Studio, Kingston, Jamaica). With over 40 years in the recording studio and on the stage, and with countless singles and 11 albums to his credit, roots rock reggae foundation artist Ras Midas has been featured on several compilations including Island Records Presents Roots: 37 Essential Roots Anthems (“Kude-A- Bamba,” 2013 Island Records), Reggae Roots (“Trouble Town,” 1977 Harry J Records, Jamaica), Reggae Party From Jamaica (“Rastaman In Exile,” 1983 Disc AZ International, France), and 12 The Hard Way (“Good Old Days,” 1988 Tribesman Records, U.K.). The 2016 re-release of Rastaman In Exile (JML Records) has again put the spotlight on this talented and humble Rastaman from Jamaica; he was the featured artist in the April 2017 Worldwide Edition of IRIE Magazine and the album is receiving excellent rotation on radio stations around the world.

Ras Midas’s first album, Cover Me (1974), was released on Harry J Records/ Trojan Records, and was followed by Reflections in 1976. His first international hit, “Kude-A- Bamba,” was recorded in English and – at Chris Blackwell’s suggestion – in Swahili on Harry J Records/ Island Records (1976); the single quickly sold half a million copies worldwide. Kude-A- Bamba (1978) and Rain And Fire (1979) were released on Harry J Records/ Island Records; Rastaman In Exile was recorded at Harry J’s and released on Disc AZ International (France) in 1980, and voted Reggae Album Of The Year in France. In 1984 Stand Up Wise Up, recorded at Harry J’s, was released on Celluloid (France).

In 1979, Ras Midas collaborated with the late Jamaican DJ I-Roy (Roy Samuel Reid), on 12” disco mixes of “Kude-A- Bamba,” “Trouble Town”, and “Good Old Days” (Harry J Records/Virgin Records), and “Good Old Days” were re-released in 1981 on Tribesman Records, U.K. The disco mixes of “Can’t Stop Rastaman Now” and “Rain And Fire” were released on Warrior Records, a subsidiary of Universal Records, in 1980. Stand Up Wise Up was re-released on vinyl in the U.S. on Ras Midas’s label, JML Records, in 1988, followed by Loving Vibration (1998), Confirmation (2000), Reaching Out (2006), and Fire Up (2010) on CD. Rastaman In Exile – remixed and remastered – was released on CD in October, 2016 on JML Records. Loving Vibration was rated No. 3 by music critics in the 1998 Top Ten independently produced World Music albums category and, two years later, Confirmation was a Top Ten contender for consideration for a Grammy Award.

Ras Midas continues to push traditional Reggae music into a new and contemporary dimension while retaining its roots; his performances showcase positive lyrics with original Reggae rhythms. A Rastaman with a distinctive style and a silky smooth voice, Ras Midas sings with the mission of a musical revolutionary; his powerful messages of social justice, love, unity, and spiritual consciousness have remained unchanged over four decades. Always recording with top-notch, respected musicians and vocalists, Ras Midas’s albums feature background vocals from Marcia Griffiths, Judy Mowatt, Rita Marley, Pamela Hall, Annesa Banks, Keble Drummond, Carlton Smith, Junior Moore, and The Tamlins.