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Ras Takura

By January 7, 2016Articles, Magazine
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Founder of the annual ‘Dis Poem’ Wordz & Agro Festival’

RasTakura, was nominated for the International Reggae and World Music (IRAWMA) award in 2011 – Dub Poet of The Year. Founder of the annual ‘Dis PoemWordz & Agro Festival

As the tides change in the Reggae landscape that maintain the Rootical vibration from the days of the founding fathers to the Today era of the Reggae Revival, Dub Poetry as always been playing a great role in the brand of Jamaican Reggae .

RasTakura is one such Poet who carries on in the tradition of people like Oku Onora, Linton Kwesi Jonson and Mutabaruka who is like a Mentor and a Father Figure and has been featured on his recent release ‘Food War’ album in the track titled ‘The Science of Agriculture

He has performed on some of Jamaica’s major shows including Reggae Sumfest, Rebel Salute, Heineken Startime, plus numerous appearances in schools, Colleges and Universities across the Island. He has also Toured and performed across the Caribbean and in the USA. In 2015, he toured and performed across the East & West Coast of USA at some of the major Poetry and Reggae Festivals, including Virginia Reggae Festival, Bridge Water College Intl Poetry Festival, Charlamont Reggae Fest, Vermont Jerk & Reggae Fest, NYC Poetry Fest, World Beat Center and The University of Colorado. He is the founder of the annual Dis Poem Wordz & Agro Festival, an all day Poetry festival and expo of Agricultural Products/the hosting of Jamaica’s Ital Organic Seeds exchange(Seed fi Seeds exchange) which was started on the campus of the College of Agriculture Science and Education in Portland Jamaica in 2011.

His style of Reggae covers not only modern issues but critical ones that need to be brought to the forefront. He performed on Word Sound Power that was featured on BETJ. He classified Himself as a Jamaican Reggae Dub Poet, recording and performing artist, Farmer and conscious Rastaman.

RasTakura gains his inspiration from H.I.M. Haile Selassie I, Marcus Garvey, Mutabaruka,Tehut9 Carleton Peter Tosh, Bob Marley. His agricultural and environmental roots were deepened at the Knockalva Agricultural School, and the College of Agriculture, Science & Education (CASE).

He has been featured on IRIE FM’s programs – Running African, the Entertainment Buzz and Elise Kelly’s Easy Skanking show. plus numerous international interviews. He has also been featured on T.V.J, CVM TV, as well as in several local and international print media .

“A Potent, Afrocentric Political Poet with a cause” –The Royal African Soldier (RAS)Takura  was born in the beautiful parish of St. Ann, in a small community neighbouring Nine Miles, the home of Reggae Legend Bob Marley. He spent his earlier years growing up on a farm with his Grandparents then later lived with his single mother in the nearby District. He recognized his talent while attending Bensonton All Age School where he gladly used the opportunities given to perform on every school and community concert.

Look forward to the voice of the future, living in the present. Look forward to the ‘Food War’ album. Look for RasTakura.

 

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