RAS MIDAS: ROOTS ROCK REGGAE FOUNDATION ARTIST FROM JAMAICA

Ras Midas: Biography & Discography

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BIOGRAPHY

     Singer, songwriter, performing and recording artist, composer and producer, Ras Midas has produced critically acclaimed roots rock Reggae music since 1974, when he began recording unique and innovative songs for legendary Jamaican producer, the late Harry Johnson (Harry J Recording Studio, Kingston, JA).
     Ras Midas’s first album, Cover Me (1974), was released on Harry J Records/ Trojan Records, and was followed by Reflections in 1976. His first international hit, “Kude-A-Bamba,” was recorded in English and, at Chris Blackwell’s suggestion, in Swahili on Harry J Records/ Island Records (1976); the single quickly sold half a million copies worldwide.
    Kude-A-Bamba (1978) and Rain And Fire (1979) were released on Harry J Records/ Island Records; Rastaman In Exile was recorded at Harry J’s and released on Disc AZ International (France) in 1980, and voted Reggae Album Of The Year in France. In 1984 Stand Up Wise Up, recorded at Harry J’s, was released on Celluloid (France).
     In 1979, Ras Midas collaborated with the late Jamaican DJ I-Roy (Roy Samuel Reid) on 12” disco mixes of “Kude-A-Bamba,” “Trouble Town”, and “Good Old Days” (Harry J Records/Virgin Records). Violating international copyright laws, Tribes Man Records (owned by Lloyd Coxsone, U.K.) illegally released “Good Old Days” as a single in 1979; included the song on the compilation 12 The Hardway (1988), and again illegally released the song as a single in 2019. The disco mixes of “Can’t Stop Rastaman Now” and “Rain And Fire” were released on Warrior Records, a subsidiary of Universal Records, in 1980.
    Stand Up Wise Up was re-released on vinyl in the U.S. on Ras Midas’s label, JML Records, in 1988, followed by Loving Vibration (1998),Confirmation (2000), Reaching Out (2006), and Fire Up (2010). Rastaman In Exile, remixed and remastered, was released on CD in October, 2016, also on JML Records. Loving Vibration was rated No. 3 by music critics in the 1998 Top Ten independently produced World Music albums category and  Confirmation was a Top Ten contender for consideration for a Grammy Award in 2000.
     A 12" vinyl record featuring "Good Old Days" and "Melchizedek" was licensed by Roots Vibration Records (Belgium) and legally released in February 2019. According the Pieter Eykens, label owner, this limited edition pressing was 75% sold out on pre-release orders before the release date. 
     Always recording with top-notch, respected musicians and vocalists, Ras Midas’s albums feature background vocals from Marcia Griffiths, Judy Mowatt, Rita Marley, Pamela Hall, Annesa Banks, Keble Drummond, Carlton Smith, Junior Moore, and The Tamlins.
  

Musicians who have recorded with Ras Midas include, but are not limited to:
 Drums - Sly Dunbar, Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace, Mikey Richards, Carlton “Santa” Davis
 Bass - Robbie Shakespeare, Val Douglas, Ian Lewis (Inner Circle), Ranchie McLean
 Guitar – Ernest Ranglin, Andy Bassford, Dwight Pickney, Lloyd “Gitsy” Willis,

        Eric “Bingi Bunny” Lamont, Winston “Bo Pee” Bowan
 Keyboards - Gladstone “Gladdy” Anderson, Ansel Collins, Winston Wright, 

        Franklin “Bubbler” Waul, Earl “Wire” Lindo,  Peter Ashbourne, Robert Lynn
 Harmonica – Jimmy Becker
 Horns - Dean Frazer, Ronald “Nambo” Anderson, Junior “Chico” Chin, Glen De Costa
 Percussion – Uzziah “Sticky” Thompson, Noel “Skully” Simms, Sylvan Morris, 

        Herman “Bongo Herman” Davis, Leroy “Mabrak” Mattis

​     Sylvan Morris, one of the most acclaimed Reggae music engineers and arrangers, worked with Ras Midas on all of his albums exceptReaching Out and Fire Up.
     A Rastaman with a distinctive style and a silky smooth voice, Ras Midas sings with the mission of a musical revolutionary. Dubbed “The Musical Prophet” early in his career, Ras Midas’s powerful messages of social justice, love, unity, and spiritual consciousness have remained unchanged over four decades.
     Consistently presenting electrifying performances which showcase positive lyrics sung over solid, original, and authentic roots rock Reggae rhythms, Ras Midas continues to push traditional Reggae music into a new and contemporary dimension while still retaining its roots.


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 Stand Up Wise Up (vinyl) is available from RasMidas's store;  Loving Vibrations, Confirmation, Reaching Out, Fire Up, and Rastaman In Exile are available on CD from RasMidas.com CDBaby iTunes GooglePlay - and all other fine online music stores.

DISCOGRAPHY

7” Singles


“Kude-A-Bamba” (1976) for Harry Johnson on Mango Records/Island Music (USA)
“Kude-A-Bamba” (1976) for Harry Johnson on Cancer Records (JA, WI)
“Trouble Town” (1977) for Harry Johnson on Harry J’s Records (JA, WI)
“Good Old Days” / “Dub Universal” (1978) for Harry Johnson’s Jay Wax Records (JA, WI)
“Jah Jah Same Love” (1979) for Harry Johnson’s Harry J Records (JA, WI)
“Can’t Stop Rastaman Now” (1979) for Harry Johnson’s Jay Wax Records (JA, WI) and

      Warrior Records (CA, USA)
“Let The People Go” / “Version” (1979) for Harry Johnson’s Jay Wax Records (JA, WI)
“Let The People Go” / “People’s Dub” (1980) for Harry Johnson’s Jay Wax Records 

     (JA, WI)
“Let’s Go Dancing In The Rain” (1980) Portland Records (JA, WI)
“Exile Skank” (1980) for Harry Johnson’s Roosevelt Records (JA, WI)
“Can’t Stop Rastaman Now” (1982) on Disc AZ International (France)


12” Disco Mixes


“Kude-A-Bamba” with I-Roy (1979) for Harry Johnson’s Jay Wax Records (JA, WI)
“Kude-A’Bamba” with I-Roy (1979) for Harry Johnson on Black Swan Records and 

     Island Records (UK)
“Trouble Town” with I-Roy (1976) for Harry Johnson’s Harry J Records (JA, WI)
“Trouble Town” with I-Roy (1977) for Harry Johnson’s Harry J Records and 

     Virgin Records (UK)
“Good Old Days” with I-Roy (1979) for Harry Johnson’s Jay Wax Records (JA, WI)
"Good Old Days" with I-Roy (1979) Tribes Man Records (UK) 

     UNLICENSED RELEASE*
“Natty Dread Surprise” (1979) Tribes Man Records (UK)
“Rain And Fire” (1979) for Harry Johnson on Warrior Records
“Can’t Stop Rastaman Now” (1979) for Harry Johnson’s Harry J Records (JA, WI) 

     and Warrior Records (CA, USA)
“Let The People Go” / “People’s Dub” (1980) for Harry Johnson’s Jay Wax Records

     (JA, WI)
“Can’t Stop Rastaman Now” (1980) Nocedicoco: A Goody Music Reggae Line (Italy)
“Can’t Stop Rastaman Now” / “Burning Revelation” (1982) Disc International AZ

     (France)
“Can’t Stop Rastaman Now” (1984) Celluloid (France)
“Good Old Days” / “DJ Version,” “Good Old Dub” (Jan. 2019) Tribes Man Records (UK)

     UNLICENSED RELEASE*
"Good Old Days" / "Melchizedek" (Feb. 2019) Roots Vibration Records (Belgium)


Songs on Compilations


“Trouble Town” (Disco Mix) on REGGAY ROOTS (1977) Harry J Records (JA, WI)
“Rastaman In Exile” on REGGAE PARTY FROM JAMAICA (1983) Disc AZ International

      (France)
“Good Old Days” on 12 THE HARD WAY (1988) Tribes Man Records (UK) 

     UNLICENSED RELEASE*
 “Good Old Days” on 12 THE HARD WAY (198-) Tribes Man Records (UK) 

     UNLICENSED RELEASE*


Albums


“Cover Me” (1974) for Harry Johnson’s Harry J Records (JA, WI) and Trojan Records (UK)
“Reflections” (1975) for Harry Johnson’s Harry J Records (JA, WI) and 

     Island Records (UK)
“Kude-A-Bamba” (1978) for Harry Johnson on Island Records (UK)
“Rain & Fire” (1978) for Harry Johnson’s Harry J Records (JA, WI)
“Rastaman In Exile” (1980) Disc AZ International (France)
“Stand Up Wise Up” (1984) Celluloid Records (France)
“Stand Up Wise Up” (1988) JML Records (U.S. release)
“Loving Vibration” (1998) JML Records
“Confirmation” (2000) JML Records
“Reaching Out” (2006) JML Records
“Fire Up” (2010) JML Records
"Rastaman In Exile" (2016) JML Records (remixed and remastered, on CD)

* UNLICENSED RELEASE: These releases were not authorized by or licensed from Harry Johnson or Ras Midas. These releases on Tribes Man Recrods are undisputed infringements of International Copyright Laws by Lloyd Coxsone, owner of Tribes Man Records. Legal action is pending. Sept. 2019

QUOTES FROM THE PRESS

"Music is my only weapon, singing is my self defense" explains how wordsmith and singing economist Ras Midas makes it all seem so easy. Lyrics and music are brilliant and performances are superb. 

- Papa Pilgrim, Dub Massive Magazine
 

Ras Midas breathes fresh life into reggae music and he is doing it his own way. He makes you think. His music makes you dance. His lyrics give you hope and people go home feeling satisfied. 

- Paula Scully, The Beacon
 

As the late afternoon sun was beating down on the 30,000 music fans, the heat was turned up even more when Ras Midas began his sizzling set for pure skanking reggae music. Ras Midas finished second to none. His music got a hold on me ever since! 

- Robert Ackerman, The International Reggae Magazine
 

Ras Midas has turned his own brand of reggae music into pure gold. His voice is impeccably strong and he possesses great style and charisma.

- Sheila Sanchez, The Desert News
 

Strong like a lion. It's been years since I have seen Ras Midas live but his wiry kinetic energy and uncharacteristic delivery have stuck with me. 

- Chuck Foster, The Beat Magazine
 

Ras Midas awakened the coliseum crowd with a truly great performance!" 

- Dagi P. Binggell, The Desert News
 

Ras Midas regaled the crowd with positive, live energy and positive lyrics in the best show I've ever seen.

- Joe Stohel, The Event
 

Ras Midas is a veritable Gandhi. He has spent the last [40] years spreading the reggae message of equality and spiritualism.

- Peter Koht, The Metro


“Loving Vibration” is a great reggae album, and Ras Midas is an impressive artist with a vision.”

-Norm Dixon, Green Left Weekly (Issue 340)


“Ras Midas's fans all over the world will just love this album [Confirmation], and those who aren't familiar with the output of this artist should check it out for sure!”

- Teacher & Mr. T., www.Reggae-Vibes.com


“Vocally, lyrically and musically this collection of roots reggae tunes has a real good quality level, what makes Fire Up a solid album throughout. With Fire Up, Ras Midas once again proves that he's one of the veteran roots reggae singers to keep an eye and ear on.”

- Teacher & Mr. T., www.Reggae-Vibes.com