Ras Jahknow

Ras Jahknow

Ras Jahknow blazes new soul and fresh rhythms into what is described best as culturally rich, roots reggae music. Passionate vocals in English and Creole weave through the diverse native sounds from the African island nation of Cape Verde, Brazil, Tanzania and Mauritius to Australia. The band embodies a vision of unity, respect and peace, built on the foundation of irresistible, reggae rhythms. Cape Verdean born Ras Jahknow formed the band in late 2010, and they have since cemented themselves as one of Melbourne’s most iconic reggae ensembles, showcasing at 2014 Antenna Awards and performing at numerous festivals such as:

Brimbank Festival – 2011
Black Harmony Gathering – 2012
The West African Festival – Immigration Museum
Emerge Festival – 2012
Rise Festival – Federation Square – 2012
Viva Victoria Festival – 2014
Waitangi Festival – 2014
French Fest – 2014
Bob Marley Birthday Bash – Corner Hotel – 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018
Africa Music & Cultural Festival – 2014 & 2015
Africultures Festival – Sydney – 2016
Strawberry Fields Festival – 2015
Tanglewood Festival – 2015, 2016 & 2017
Jamaican Music & Food Festival – 2016 & 2017
St Kilda Festival – 2017
Brunswick Music Festival – 2017
Sunraysia Multicultural Festival – 2017
Roots Reggae Cruise around Melbourne - 2017
Live n Local Winter Music Festival - 2017
Bali Reggae Star Festival - 2017
Langkawi Island International Music Festival - 2017
Samba Reggae Carnivale 2017 & 2018. Ras Jahknow has spent time in numerous countries abroad, developing a rounded, cultural understanding, and through the Ras Jahknow Band, he aims to bridge the contemporary gaps in cultural understanding and unity. Ras Jahknow Band released their debut album “Jah Sta Li” in May 2014, followed by a dub remix released later the same year. Both records were produced by acclaimed personality Wayne ‘Lotek’ Bennett at Counter Clockwise Studios. Current releases have enjoyed airplay across national radio such as Triple J and hundreds of Community radio stations both nationally and abroad. 2015 saw the band release a film clip for ‘Jah Sta Li’, embarking on a the Victorian ‘Jah Live’ tour to celebrate the single’s success. In mid 2015, Ras Jahknow was nominated for a Music Victoria Genre Award for ‘Best Global & Reggae Album’. In 2017, Ras Jahknow humbly accepted the Award for Best Reggae Performer/Band of the year 2015/16 at the Australia Reggae Radio Music Awards.

‘Jah Sta Li’ is available for download on iTunes and all major digital online outlets. ‘Jah Sta Li Dub’ is now available via Bandcamp. The organic sound is a product of the many talented musicians who have music and performance in their blood. All members are multi-instrumentalists and come from professionally skilled music backgrounds.