Rasta Reuben Kwabena

Nickname Rasta Reuben
Full name Rasta Reuben Kwabena
Country Jamaican /Canadian
Genre Roots Rock Reggae, Reggae Lovers Rock, AfroBeat, World Music,Dancehall Ragga Jungle, Deep Roots Dub, Electro Dub, Ska etc
Activity Singer/Songwriter Arranger, Composer,
Instruments Lead Vocals, Bass Guitar, organ and percussion
Members Fredlocks Asher, David UncleDropsi,
Previous members Sister Julie Anne, Marcia Levia Collins, Yolissa Dalamba,
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Rasta Reuben Kwabena
SELASSIE iPOWER Muzik
The Voice of The Reggae Planet Ambassador Worldwide.
 
GMV Global Muzik Village recording & performing artist Rasta Reuben Kwabena is born in Kingston Jamaica. He is the lead singer, songwriter and bass guitarist of the Jamaican/Canadian Roots Rock Reggae band SELASSIE iPOWER Muzik. His music is mostly described as new roots rock reggae & new african world music with influential sounds of Ska & DUB & AfroBeat.

In fact, the entire style of RASTA REUBEN KWABENA'S music catalog is best described as REGGAE PLANET MUSIC,  an outstanding style of international Roots Rock Reggae vibrations with worldwide musical influences ranging from Jamaican, African & Caribbean music to AfroCanadian & AfroAmerican music genres.

RASTA REUBEN KWABENA is a member of The Rastafari Roots & Culture Movement and is devoted to spreading the inspirational and uplifting, spiritual and humanitarian, wisdom, knowledge and teachings of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I & Empress Menen of Ethiopia. In this regards Rasta Reuben Kwabena is moving forward as one of Reggae's and Rastafari′s greatest uprising voices.

Reggae Planet Ambassador Worldwide Rasta Reuben Kwabena is a visionary and a revolutionary Roots Rock Reggae & African World Music Artist. His musical spirituality and influence were firstly encouraged by his devoutly Christian Grandmother in the Churches of Jamaica and by his father and mother who are devoted to collecting all types of good music, particularly Great Jamaican Reggae & Afro Caribbean Music as well as excellent Afro American Music including R&B, SOUL, Funk & Jazz Music etc; Plus outstanding Country & Western music and international Classical Music.

RASTA REUBEN immigrated from Kingston Jamaica to Toronto Ontario Canada in the 1980s and now currently resides in Vancouver, BC. Canada. He joined the Toronto music scene as a skillful bass player and foundation member of the House of David Gang. He went on to form the SELASSIE iPOWER roots rock reggae band, Ft. Rasta Reuben on lead vocals accompanied by his brothers Fredlocks Asher on keyboards, organ & piano (as well as dancehall dj/sing jay vocals) and David (UncleDropsi) Phinn on bass guitar & hip-hop rap vocals. The original founding members harmony singers are Julie Anne Corby, Yolissa Dalamba & Marcia Levi Collins.

RASTA REUBEN KWABENA further developed his musical talent and his creative and journalistic writing skills at CW Jeffries High School in Toronto Ontario Canada, which was a very special school for the Arts, including Theatre Arts, Creative Writing and Journalism.

This is where he studied the Art of Music, learned to play musical instruments and studied Creative & Jounalistic Writing as well as Theatre Arts. Rasta Reuben’s father used to read Reuben’s early poems and recognized his natural talent for creative writing. Therefore, he instructed his son to attend this special school for Music & The Arts. Eventually Rasta Reuben Kwabena started writing, composing and arranging songs with his musical brothers Fredlocks Asher & David (UncleDropsi) Phinn.

In the words of RASTA REUBEN “The school was a far distance out of our home area and it took a longer time to reach there, than the schools in the neighborhood. However, looking back now I realize that I am forever grateful to my Dad for choosing that school for me, because everything I do in my career now was first developed and nurtured right there in that school. JAH gave me my Talent as a Natural Gift, but that school greatly helped me to take a serious career interest in music, creative writing and journalistic broadcasting.”

The Great Legends of Reggae such as The Skatalites, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Culture, Burning Spear, Jimmy Cliff, Dennis Brown, Third World, Black Uhuru, Steele Pulse & Aswad etc as well as the great Queens of Reggae such as Marcia Griffiths & Judy Mowatt & Rita Marley etc.  Overall all the classis reggae harmony groups and the outstanding lead singers and songwriters had a profound creative and motivational impact on Rasta Reuben Kwabena and inspired him to turn his poetry into songs. Most noteably Jamaican Recording & Performing Artist Joseph "Culture" Hill played a major role as a great inspirational musical mentor in Rasta Reuben's career. 

Rasta Reuben Kwabena is also inspired by various new generation dancehall roots & culture artists such as The Great Sizzla Kalonji, Anthony B, Capleton, Busy Signal, Queen Ifrica & Queen Omega etc. He is also inspired by various classic reggae lovers rock artists such as Beres Hammond, Christopher Martin, Taurus Riley etc.Many more artists & musicians from other genres of music have also played an inspirational role in Rasta Reuben musical genre style and expression. Some of these are legendary artists from the world of soul grooves, r&b, funk, pop rock & jazz etc. such as James Brown, Isaac Hayes, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Rolling Stones, Jimmy Hendrix etc. And some are from the world of African High Life, AfroBeats & African Reggae & Dancehall Music such as The Great Fela Kuti, Lucky Dube, Tiken Jah Foley, Alpha Blondie and Jose Chameleone etc.

The first major recognition for RASTA REUBEN was for the "Best Reggae Album" with the debut album "King of Kings" by Rasta Reuben & SELASSIE iPOWER Muzik at the 1998 Canadian Urban Music Awards. In 2004 Rasta Reuben Kwabena and His brother Fredlocks Asher were both featured as the main Lead Singers & Songwriters of the great DUBMATIX debut album “Champion Sound Clash” produced arranged and composed by Canadian DUB Music producer Jesse DubMatix King.

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Over the years since then Rasta Reuben & his brother Fredlocks Asher have continued to be featured as contributing artists on several outstanding excellent modern ragga jungle dub & electro dub albums by DUBMATIX. These musical works showcase their versatility in terms of expanding from roots rock reggae to also excelling in ragga dub jungle, electronica, dub dance grooves, dub poetry, lovers rock and drum & bass etc. In the subsequent years Rasta Reuben Kwabena also recorded as a studio session bass player for various recording projects mainly featuring productions by his brother Fredlocks Asher

Rasta Reuben & SELASSIE iPOWER Muzik has also networked primarily with Fredlocks Aher & The Ultra Flex Crew as well as with King Selah & The House of David Gang. In this regards they have all worked together to tour extensively across the Great Canadian country from the East Coast to The West Coast. Along the way they have opened concert shows for such great reggae artists as Joseph Culture Hill, Burning Spear and Freddy McGregor as well as Shaggy, Spragga Benz & The King of Dancehall: The Great Beenie Man etc. 

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In March 2008 Rasta Reuben Kwabena became the founder & the host of the Reggae Planet Radio Showcase on CIVL RADIO at The University of The Fraser Valley in the Vancouver suburban city of Abbotsford BC Canada. And in Oct 2014 he went on to become the founder of the online internet radio station known as The REGGAE PLANET RADIO Multimedia Network at www.ReggaePlanetRadio.com

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Rasta Reuben Kwabena released The SELASSIE iPOWER roots rock reggae band 2nd official full-length album "Reggae Planet Vol. 1 Revelation 21” in 2011 with the support of GMV Global Muzik Village. He followed up with “Reggae Planet Vol 2, Revolution 22” released in 2012. Promotional touring in Canada took place to support The CD Album release. 

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In December of 2012 Rasta Reuben travelled on a promo tour; all the way to Australia where he performed at several cameo appearances and did the photo shoots and the video production for the song known as Roots Rock Reggae Revolution ( https://youtu.be/lPzIv4Y09M0 ).

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In 2013 he performed at the gigantic and highly prestigious EXIT Festival in the Eastern European country of Serbia. Then in 2014 He travelled to Portugal and performed in the city of Lisbon for the reggae fans and lovers of good multicultural music. During the visit to Lisbon Portugal, RASTA REUBEN KWABENA recorded The Freedom Song ( https://youtu.be/3sYZGe08i50 ) with music producer Born Free of Born Free Records and with members of the RUBERRA Roots Reggae Band. The song will also be included on the upcoming SELASSIE iPOWER Muzik/ Reggae Planet Album project.

In April 2016, Rasta Reuben Kwabena travelled to His birth place country of Kingston Jamaica where he began networking with Ras Peter of Full Circle Muzik and Born Free of BORN FREE Records on new musical projects with various Jamaican musicians, radio hosts & sound system selectors & Djs, producers and promoters. To reinvigorate the connection to his roots and to his Jamaican birth place, the home of the great reggae ska & dancehall music.

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Now Rasta Reuben Kwabena is stepping out into other territories such as Berlin Germany in Europe as well as networking with various outstanding African & European promoters. With a view towards touring Africa and Europe, The Caribbean, North & South America and Australia as a part of the upcoming Reggae Planet World Tour. The tour is being coordinated with WORLD LINK PROMOTIONS in association with GMV Global Muzik Village. Rasta Reuben is also networking and recording with various international music producers including Fredlocks Asher & Devon Martin from Vancouver BC Canada, Dave Azi from Jos City Nigeria & Mr. Seth Darkoh from Accra Ghana.

In the months of November and December 2017 Rasta Reuben Kwabena connected even deeper with his African roots by Touring in the great country of Nigeria Africa, where he performed at three music concerts in three different cities of Nigeria, including his outstanding performance at the annual Cross Fire Reggae Music Festival in Jos City Nigeria with Dave Azi & The Bright Sound Band. He also made a special guest performance appearance at the 2017 Ma Dengn Cultural Music Festival in Freetown Sierra Leone.

During his African Tour he did many radio interviews as well as TV interviews and reviews. He also recorded several brand-new songs with the great Reggae & African Music producer Dave Azi at the Bright Sound Recording Studio in Jos City Nigeria Africa. These new songs feature a fresh new Afro Reggae sound for Rasta Reuben Kwabena in the musical genre styles of both roots rock reggae, dancehall and afro beats and include collaborations with various African musicians and artists including The Great Dave Azi himself.

This new album project is titled “Reggae Planet Home in Africa” and will be released soon. The album’s focus and message are all about a great celebration of Africa’s future progress and development as well as African music, roots & culture, arts & fashion and African Unity at home and abroad.

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The next stride for Rasta Reuben in the Roots Rock Reggae Revolution is to expand the household brand name of The Reggae Planet Spotlight & The Reggae Planet World Tour. Brought to you by WORLD LINK PROMOTIONS in association with GMV Global Muzik Village Featuring, The Reggae Planet Ambassador Worldwide RASTA REUBEN KWABENA, Live in concert with various outstanding music Artists from around the world.

Words of Rasta Reuben Kwabena; “I will always remember my Mom & Dad saying that music has no colour and no barriers. Music breaks down segregation. Therefore, I have love and respect for all great music and for all great artists & musicians! I am inspired by them all and I draw from that inspiration combined with my own original creativity to create my own unique brand of international music for the worldwide generation. This is the essence of my vision mission. This is my brand of music The Roots Rock Reggae Revolution, The Reggae Planet Muzik.”

Rasta Reuben’s popularity and international acclaim is growing increasingly as a widely known and revered singer, songwriter & performer. He is also known as a radio personality and founder of The Reggae Planet Radio Multimedia Network. In this reagard he is credited for helping to spread both Jamaican music and African music as well as the Rastafari movement to a worldwide audience through his songs and through his works on the "Reggae Planet Internet Radio Show" aka The Reggae Planet Radio Showcase on www.ReggaePlanetRadio.com

Now getting ready to release several new album projects to continue the expansion of The SELASSIE iPOWER Muzik album series known as “Reggae Planet”, with both outstanding new conscious and uplifting roots rock reggae, world music, songs and lyrics as well as new lovers rock. Plus, influences of ska, dancehall, ragga dub jungle, reggae hip hop, African High Life & afro beats music etc.

The themes of the new upcoming albums are inspired by RASTA REUBEN promo tours and travels in Australia, Europe and Africa. On the journey of these international travels the artist became motivated to write new songs inspired by the overall beauty and the multiculture of the planet and by the power of the great sunshine which gives light to all as well by the wisdom and the culture of the ancient people of Australia and Africa.

Therefore, look out for the New Reggae Planet Albums coming out soon. Be on your mark and get set and get ready to go for The Reggae Planet World Tour is coming soon to a city and town near you, where ever you are living in the world on the Reggae Planet.

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