About me:Ras Nas live at MS Innvik, Oslo. MANTRA
Pictures taken during Ras Nas live show at MS Innvik in Oslo, Norway. The concert was organized by Kongoi Productions as part of the MANTRA concert series. Ras Nas appeared with the following musicians: Chuck Frazier, Uriel Seri, David Ondon, Larry Skogheim, Dj De Lambert and Israel Seri. All pictures by Ellen StoklandRas Nas
Nasibu started writing poetry at the age of 17 and experimented with various forms of African chanting and African drumming. He is also a painter who ran short of paint at one point. He studied Law at the University of Dar es salaam where he graduated with an L.L.B degree in 1984. After graduation Nasibu worked for a while as a journalist for Daily News as well as a correspondent for Africa Magazine, covering mainly cultural issues.
While at the University of Dar-es-Salaam, Nasibu co-founded a powerful poetry and drama group "SAYARI" in Dar-es-salaam in 1980. Other SAYARI members were Freddy Macha, Chiku Ali (who joined after Anna Lukindo) and George Chioko. The group combined African music, poetry, miming, dance and drama and toured extensively in Scandinavia. In 1985 Nasibu moved to Oslo, Norway, to study Mass Communications at the University of Oslo, UIO. He has since lived in Norway, where among others, has become a father of three children.
In 1985 he initiated "UMOJA CULTURE", a group in Oslo that blended traditional African music and dance. He also co-founded "ARTISTS FOR LIBERATION", a forerunner to Nordic Black Theater. In 1989 he published his first collection of African poetry, "Double Focus", (Kongoi Productions). Together with Reginald T.Oliver (Papa Lion) and James Toney Jr he formed NASIBU and the DUAL VISION, a trio that performed Rhythmic Poetry coated with vibrant African chanting, harmonies and drumming. The trio changed name to "THE COLD FIRE" bringing in a Zimbabwean bassist, Clive Brown, and produced a music cassette during a tour in Germany.
In 1990 Nasibu went solo and formed his own band under his artist name, RAS NAS. The band had a debut concert in July 1991, at a party to mark the 99th anniversary of His Imperial Majesty Haile Sellasie I. The party was organized by the Rastafari Cultural Foundation in Oslo. The year after, Ras Nas performed for Nelson Mandela, celebrating his release from Robben Island prison. This happened in Oslo, on Mr. Mandela's first visit to Norway.
In 1997 he produced Ras Nas debut CD "Cut You Loose," (Kongoi Productions). (RNCD9701), working together with Charles Mena from Nicaragua, Chuck Frazier ,a musician from Texas and Ishamel de Leon from Trinidad.
Ras Nas tracks can be also be found in other music compilations, the most notable being "RAW 2000" by Reggae Ambassadors Worldwide.
Ras Nas' latest album "Dar-es-Salaam" has received rave reviews. One of the biggest Norwegian dailies, Dagsavisen, gave the album a 5 star review, a record in Norway in many ways! The album was released in July 2008 by Kongoi Productions
- Status: Single
- Here for: Networking, Friends
- Hometown: Oslo/Dar-es-Salaam
- Orientation: Straight
- Body type: Athletic
- Ethnicity: Black / African descent
- Religion: Other
- Zodiac Sign: Taurus
- Children: Proud parent
- Smoke / Drink: No / No
- Education: College graduate
GeneralMusic, writing, dancing, reading, keeping fit.