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.