Friday, February 11, 2011

RAS D Launches New CD "JAH REIGNS"

Dave A. Munroe

Dave A. Munroe aka RAS D a star out of Kingston, Jamaica started writing and performing at a young age.  One of his first songs written that charted was named LASCO it was performed by FLOUREGAN (1997).

He then started performing in many venues across Jamaica which led to a tour of the United States accompanying Andrew Tosh, Son of Steppin' Razor Peter Tosh.

RAS D is now living in Northern California where he has used his international influences to promote and inspire his album which was recorded in Oakland, California, “GIVE SOME LOVE TODAY” d├ębuted (2004).  This album features all original lyrics and music by RAS D.  It includes performances by Andrew Tosh, JR Toots, Brendan Munroe, Under-P and Regina Espinoza.  It was motivated by JAH and fuelled by his passion and experiences touring.  This album encapsulates what is known today as Reggae.

Inspired by the success of his first album and industry accolades, RAS D went on to give us the next innovative album called “LOVE WITH MEANING”. The truly thought provoking songs on this album is true to his roots and keeping his Jamaican message alive.

His unique, captivating voice and music which is a crossover of Reggae, Roots, Dance Hall and R&B has travelled across the world.  He has performed at many different venues including some of the following:  Napa Valley Reggae Festival; Ashkenaz; Pier 23; Island Paradise; Black Exp 2002; Bluesville; Dreadstock Reggae Festival; Kaui War Memorial Convention Hall, Hawaii; Round Tree Ballroom; People's Park; Oakland Convention Center; Mandela Village; End Zone Sports Club; The Bamboo Hut; Karibbean City; Mr. Lucky’s; Monterey Bay Reggae Festival; Sweet Fingers, The Catalyst, Club Six, The Stag plus many more. 

His music is being played on the following radio stations: Love Supreme, KP00 89.5 FM San Francisco, CA; KZSC 88.1 FM Santa Cruz, CA; Berkley Liberation Radio 104.1 FM, Berkley, CA; Caribbean Connection with Lady Sham WNSB 91.1 FM Virginia; Reggae Makos 91.1 FM, San Diego, CA; KKUP 91.5 FM, Cupertino, CA; KZFR 90.1, Chico, CA; KDHX 88.1 FM, St. Louis, MO; HYPERLINK "", Gilroy, CA; Co-op CFRO 102.7FM, Vancouver, Canada; and HYPERLINK "" with Issac Natural, London, England; GCI IRIE Radio Internet; XM Satellite Radio; Radio Mega 99.2 FM Valence Fance; IRIE FM St. Ann, Jamaica with GT Taylor; KSFM 102.5 Sacramento, California.

RAS D has been featured in an independent film called "Island Paradise" and he has appeared on two sitcoms named "First Friday" and "Talk That Talk".
His latest venture has him featured in a Jamaican movie "Cop and a Bad Man".

His musical journey and belief transcends beyond ages and continents.  The new single "LIFE" that was recorded at Mountain Mist Studio, Waterford, St. Catherine, Jamaica is making him a force de jeur in the reggae music industry.

His new album JAH REIGN is already being played worldwide before its official release.

RAS D's music is available for purchase and downloading at ITUNES.COM/RASD, CDBABY.COM/RASD, EB REGGAE.COM/RASD and AMAZON.COM/RASD.

Contact: for booking
links : WWW.REVERBNATION.COM/RASD, face book: ras dave
phone: 510-289-5418

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Thursday, February 3, 2011


             Reggae artist Ben E. Hunter, a native of New Orleans, has been selected to perform on Monday, Feb. 14 at Opening Night Party for the New Music Seminar, “The After Grammy Jammy,” at the Music Box in Los Angeles. The event will take place the day after the 53rd  Grammy Award Ceremony on Feb. 13.
            Hunter, a longtime favorite on the New Orleans club circuit and established NOLA recording artist, will perform tracks from his upcoming album, “Delta Dub,” a fusion of traditional New Orleans music and reggae rhythms. Hunter will be backed by the renowned Detour Posse reggae band. .
Who: Reggae artist Ben E. Hunter
What: “After Grammy Jammy,” the Opening Night Party for the New Music Seminar
When: Monday, Feb. 14
Where:  The Music Box, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA.  90028.
Info:  (323) 464-0808, 
About the New Music Seminar:
The New Music Seminar, a prestigious showcase and networking event for new artists and music industry professionals from around the world, takes place Feb. 14-16 in Los Angeles. Other featured performers at the Opening Night Party at the Music Box include  the Little Death, Blaqstarr, Sean Garrett, Naughty by Nature. Jessie and the Toy Boys. DJ Mia
Dan Morrell and special surprise guests.
About Ben E. Hunter:
Ben E. Hunter’s music represents the best of New Orleans. The NOLA born artist combines elements of jazz, folk, rock, Mardi Gras Indian chants and Caribbean rhythms to create a unique and unforgettable sound. A popular fixture on the New Orleans club circuit, which draws people from around the globe, Hunter has toured the world, from Central America to South Africa, performing at large scale musical events such as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Reggae Sunsplash in Jamaica.
Hunter’s discography includes “Reality Check” (1992), “Soul Avenger: Live Intergalactic,” (1999), “Voodoo Reggae,” (2006), the post-Katrina recording “Traveler: A Healing Album for the City of New Orleans” (2008) and more.
Hunter is gearing up for the release of his new album, “Delta Dub,” recorded at the famed Jack Ruby studios in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
Producer Native Wayne Jobson describes “Delta Dub” as Bob Marley meets Dr.  John meets Lil’ Wayne. Each track on “Delta Dub” is a winner--from the rootical “Wars and Lies” to the achingly romantic “All I Live For” to Hunter’s Rasta/funky cover of Donovan’s “Sunshine Superman.” “Delta Dub” brings together stellar producers and musicians such as Native Wayne and Brian Jobson, Neil Case and Barry O’Hare.
A Hurricane Katrina survivor, Hunter temporarily relocated to Los Angeles in 2005, where he was the subject of the Sledgehammer Films documentary “Baptized at Katrina: A Refugee Story.”  In 2004, Hunter sang on the soundtrack of the film “Skeleton Key,” starring Kate Hudson.  In 2010, he appeared in the first season of the award-winning HBO series “Treme.” 
Hunter’s musical influences include Burning Spear, Lee “Scratch” Perry, dub poet Mutabaruka and Curtis Mayfield. Among many things, Hunter is a survivor; overcoming struggles with poverty, violence in his community and the devastation in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He has been outspoken about his ongoing struggle with epilepsy. When it comes to his inspirations, Hunter sees his original songs and poetry as reflections of daily life:
 "I often write about friends or people around me who have many social and emotional experiences everyday."
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