| Aziz Idris |
REGGAE music is not new among music lovers. The 2nd edition of the Asia Music Festival this coming October 3-4 in Miri, Sarawak will feature music numbers from Reggae ambassador of Indonesia, Ras Muhamad.
Ras Muhamad believes that through the power of music especially Reggae, people can share and learn each other’s cultures through the messages it conveys.
They can find similarities and common ground, setting aside petty differences while celebrating life with all its dynamics through music. He believes that the core and heart of Reggae music is the universal expression of the message of love.
Other than Reggae, Ska, Dancehall and Rocksteady, Ras Muhamad’s music is also influenced by Hip-Hop, Indonesian traditional and Pop Music, Jazz, Metal and World Music. Besides Bob Marley, his Reggae ‘heroes’ are Lee Perry, Peter Tosh, Augustus Pablo, King Tubby, Sizzla, Garnett Silk Gregory Isaacs among others.
Lyrically, he also draws many inspirations from Hip-Hop icons such as Rakim, KRS-One, Nas and Wu-Tang. If one listens closely to any of Ras Muhamad’s tunes they will find his rhyme structure has subtle undertones and akin to a Hip-Hop lyricist.
Not just active in the Reggae culture, Ras Muhamad also collaborate with other genres in the Indonesian music tradition.
To express himself as an artiste and give the “Reggae breath” to other forms of music is challenging to an ever-growing and evolving performer.
Ras Muhamad has collaborated and recorded music with Indonesian Pop icons such as Glenn Fredly, Tompi and Element.
Indra Lesmana, a jazz legend in Indonesia has also worked with the Reggae ambassador of Indonesia. Renowned Indonesian Punk Band Superglad also associated with him in 2013 for their album.