Ras Kwame To Show Class At Independence Eve Reggae Night


International roots rock reggae musician Kwame Bediako (aka Ras Kwame) is gearing up to give the performance of his life at CAVE LOUNGE, Ringway Osu on independence eve, Thursday 5 March 2015.

The event is being organised by the 1980 year group of St. Augustine’s College, Cape-Coast (Augusco) and is open to all past students of the college – APSUNIANS – and their friends. Ras Kwame is a member of APSU class of ’77.

For the occasion Ras Kwame will be backed by S.W. One, a Ghanaian reggae band established in December 2006 by Anthony Quashie (aka Sabato) and Kwame Kwaw Swanzy (aka Deh Wof) both members of APSU ‘80. Members of the band are Papa Sly on drums, Ashiagbor on key board, Poyoyo on lead guitar, I Jah Man on percussion with Tei and Deh Wof as vocalists.

Ras Kwame and his US based group, Kwamekaze perform original roots rock reggae and credits his musical upbringing to his “elders” and the general environment of his home base in Ghana, West Africa, where his roots first blossomed. He hits the stage and lets you know that the African Roots Ambassador has arrived.

He has performed throughout the USA, Jamaica and Africa and has shared the bill with notables like the Wailers, Third World, Mutabaruka, Pato Banton, Sonny Ade, Wailing Souls, Sonny Okusun and many others. He has received many industry awards and honorable mentions including: Martin International’s Chicago Reggae Music Awards “Best Artist” and “Most Culture-Oriented Band”.

To educate and entertain, Kwame incorporates his heritage into his performance. “I feel education goes beyond the classroom. We bring culture to the people. We teach knowledge of the self,” he said. Kwame has the advantage of dual residency which enables him to keep his finger on the vibrant pulse of reggae music in the US and throughout the Diaspora.

Ras Kwame and his group are reflective of a universal harmony, bringing people together through music. He has released three CDs one of which is titled, “Forward Ever” (2013 – 2008). The release of his Special Edition CD “Forward Ever” is now available for download on iTunes. Not just a re-print, these songs have been rerecorded and remixed with the participation of some of reggae’s finest including Sidney Mills of Steel Pulse, Georges Kouakou of Alpha Blondy and Junior Marvin of the original Wailers.

A version of the classic Heptone’s “Book of Rules” is sung in his native language of Twi calling for a return to the source, while another song, “One Man No Dub” remains in hot circulation on Ghana radio and in other parts of the world. “O.A.U.” (2004) another of his releases also features guest guitarist Junior Marvin.

“How Sweet It Is” (2000) is a critically acclaimed CD which has been featured on WNUR, KCRW, WHPK, WLUW, and KRCL among others.

Lawyer Peter Raymond Zwennes (APSU ’80), a man of many parts will display one of his hidden talents on the night, while Ras Caleb Appiah-Levi (aka Charlie Buck) has a surprise package in store for everybody.

The program starts at 6pm.


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