RAGGO ZULU REBEL
Raggo Zulu Rebel is a creative vessel for a conscious message, with 20 years of songwriting and performing experience at hand.
Recording artist with extraordinary story telling abilities, he adopted the moniker "Jah Messenger”, which is also the title of his debut album, released in 2007.
The title of "Jah Messenger” comes from the acceptance of the responsibility - inherited from the musical messengers like Luciano, Capelton, Anthony B, Sizzla - to spread messages of cultural value and worth, self awareness, empowerment, upliftment, sufferation & social injustice amongst people of all generations who didn’t seem to have much direction or guidance at the time.
Performing from as early as 9 years old as part of the "Stratford Theatre Royal weekly youth group" among other performing young talents, gave him the chance to develop a strong stage presence which to this day, is one oh his major strengths together with the powerful messages in his lyrics.
He recorded his first track, aged 13, "UK rap" a collaboration with childhood friend Stallion Solo of The Remand Crew (deja vu fm). The song theme was directed at Uk rappers perpetrating american accents establishing a strong sense of identity and a firm sense of self from start. The song was produced by uk hiphop pioneers London Posse producer Sparky.
During his mid teens, Raggo embarked on a spiritual journey into Rastafari after a trip to the Caribbean. This newly awaken spirituality is clearly reflected in his music in which the presence of philosophy & ideologies of Rastafari, Ethiopia, the old testament, Marcus Garvey, ital livity and an uncompromised anti establishment is unashamedly expressed.
in 2004, teamed up with life time friend Clued UP, Raggo independently released the mixtape "Born In Babylon” and his first solo EP, "The Struggle". This opened the possibilities of then collaborating with well established London Producer, Morfius ( More for Us Media) with whom he wrote and produced numerous Mixtapes and 4 Albums including, Jah Messenger, The Return of Jah Messenger, Holy War, The Bible and The Gun.
Also around this time he goes on to form a musical collective/ sound system "Exodus 1st Movement" and begins promoting under 18's raves with Urban Development at newly built Stratford circus, Princess Alice, Players Club, One Love Community Centre, and various other venues throughout London.
20 years of recording and performing, enable Raggo to showcase his talent, spread his message and gain the respect of many fellow musicians, artists, poet and entertainers in and around the Uk, and now, in 2016, Internationally.
He has collaborated, taught and recorded all around the world, firstly headlining Sicily's Annual Sol Music festival in 2005, headlining Act Mic- A- Blaze Records concert in Galway Ireland, supporting Big Cakes "its All Love Tour" , and more recently Rome where he performed on National Tv alongside Marianna Zappi X Factor UK contestant.
He also has recorded and performed with Lil Hero & PZED at Triangle Records studios Dunns River Jamaica, took part in an international community led project called "I Remember Srebrenica" in Bosnia, and he recently has been able to perform at Winsome Castle in Amsterdam's red light district.
He had the pleasure to share stages:Congo Natty aka Rebel MC ( R.I.P Tenor Fly tribute) ,General Levy, Lee scratch perry, Loose ends, Saigon, Gangstar's guru, Logic, Mic righteous, English Frank, No lay, Wretch 32, Jammer, Rodney P, Ty, Marianna Zappi, Maverick Sabre, Klashneckoff, Akala, Plan b, Dj Xcalilbur, MakkaB.
His latest album, Stream Of Consciousness, sees Raggo experimenting with different sounds and taking on the task of producing, mixing and mastering indipendently.
Marianna started singing at a very young age back in her home country, Italy, where she started taking lessons with Lorena Scaccia, one of the best and most recognized vocal coaches in the country. That was in 1991.She hasn't stopped ever since.
She took part in some of the most prestigious singing contest as a young talent and had the pleasure to work with some of greatest names in the history of Italian music such as Rita Pavone, Teddy Reno.
Always very involved in trying to help others through her musical talent, she successfully took part and organized many music events such as "Oltre Le note", "Telethon" and any more.
At the age of 16 she got tho the final stages of " A voice for Sanremo" and she was subsequently admitted to the Academy of songs. It was in that very moment that Marianna's career as a songwriter started.
She auditioned for Italian Academy of Acting, improvising and Singing "Achille Togliani" where she learned about acting and took part in many different plays playing different roles.
In the meantime she received the honour of singing for Pope John Paul II together with her vocal coach - Lorena Scaccia - and a few other students of her music school.
A life changing experience that got her singing in front of millions of People and experience that was to be repeated few years after for the European Youth Day in Loreto in the presence of the new elected Pope Benedict XVI.
Marianna took part in quite a few tv programs nationally and opened many concerts for very important Italian artists like Giorgia, Gilda Giuliani, I "Cugini di Campagna" and many others until her international career started in 2001, when after having gone to a Gospel concert in her hometown, she was recruited by the same choir to embark on a tour that lasted nearly 4 years and saw her become "the white girl with the black voice".
During her tour years she also had the privilege to meet and work with some great international musicians like Richard (Dick) Halligan, an American musician and composer, best known as a founding member of the jazz-rock band Blood, Sweat & Tears, part of the Epic Woodstock together with Janis Joplin and many more, and who also received a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Performance for "Variations On A Theme By Erik Satie" from the album Blood, Sweat & Tears.
She also worked with Mike Japp, writer and co-writer of many songs for "Paul Stanley", "Kiss" and "The Babys". She also collaborated on several project with Sound engineer Rory Madden, "We Will Rock You Executive Producer Phil McIntyre, Cj Ranger and many other amazing people.
After the amazing experiences gained during the almost four years of touring, Marianna started preparing for the start of her journey towards international recognition as a solo artist. As like in the lives of many others before her, it was not always easy and she had to overcome huge obstacles and missing opportunities but, regardless of all those experience she went on and she is has released her first Acoustic Ep: The Time Is Now which led to numerous performance in the Uk Capitals and her home Country Italy and many more countries of the world.
Following the release of The Time Is Now Ep, Marianna won an award for Best Uk Unsigned Hype act 2013 USH )and was nominated for Mtv Brand New Artist 2014 , hard rock rising – the global battle of the band nominee.
She has taken part in the Jazz Cafe Competition "Who's Got the hits" and she won the 1st Edition".
Marianna gained the attention of BBC radio introducing with one of her projects in collaboration with Duane Flames: M&D the drug.
With a series of projects and collaborations in the pipeline, after having taken part in the 2016 edition of the XFactor UK, Marianna has been travelling with the and she has released a new original EP - Untameable - released on the 1st February 2019. Untameable has generated the interest of plenty radio stations globally, including BBC Radio London where Marianna was invited to an interview with Aurie Styla and had an opportunity to perform Untameable live.
Rhumzy is a multi-disciplined artist channeling his
skills through singing, song-writing and rap. With his
music, he aims to empower, enlighten and create a
positive vibe. "I am the Leader of my own creation therefore I control the energy you embrace."
Rhumzy released his first ep and album with us - you can find these on the RZNRecords Bandcamp.
Engaging. Captivating. Beautiful. These are just a few words to describe the music and poetry of this multi-talented performer.
East London based, Asabi Hawah, is a soulful singer/songwriter with a diverse style and range – effortlessly meandering from Soul to Reggae to Afrobeat with sounds that grabs your attention and draws you into her world of heart-felt love and truth.
Asabi has graced some of the most popular stages in her home town, London .
From The Jazz Cafe to Hootananny from Brixton Splash to Rhythmtree Festival (Isle Of Wight), Secret Garden Party, Rich Mix (Mwalimu Express -Sierra Leone Special), the Royal Festival Hall and the Notting Hill Arts Club .
Asabi is currently working on her latest Ep and will soon return to the stage with new stories to tell.
YOU & ME
You & Me is the result of the collaboration between Raggo Zulu Rebel aka JAH MESSENGER hip-hop artist and songstress/poet Asabi Hawah. Their first Album "Folk Songs" is out now on Bandcamp.