by michael eli dokosi/www.blakkpepper.com/ghana
Based in Jamaica and the United Kingdom, its Ras Charmer’s second time in the West African state of Ghana. The Kingston Rockfort based artiste started music at a tender age in the church his father served as pastor.
Charmer tells Blakkpepper, in church as well as school, he was singing but it was after leaving school that things got serious. Charmer used to be in an RnB group but soon got signed to Togetherness Records. An album will be produced from that collaboration but it didn’t see the light of day.
“It was after school that I questioned many things and embarked on a quest of discovery that I found Rastafari and the truth. I started to grow my locs,” Charmer submitted.
For one whose mama and dad belong to the Christian faith, the decision to become a Rastafari wasn’t easily received by them but with time yielded.
Charmer notes that it took spiritual intervention for him to become a Rasta noting he is dedicated to do God’s work and touch souls.
“I’m a Bobo Ashanti, go to the Nyabinghi Mansion and married to a Twelve Tribes empress.” Charmer makes it clear he is not into the politics but strives for the unity and development of his people.
In 2001, Charmer got the opportunity to visit Switzerland to play a gig and on the back of the compelling performance he rendered, got invited a second time to the festival in 2002.
As a musician, Charmer lives by the principles of Marcus Garvey spanning “self-confidence and self-reliance” to be twice victorious in the race of life.
Ghana declared 2019 as the Year of Return sounding the call for those with African heritage to return to the West African country and connect with their roots.
Charmer who was unaware of the Year of Return initiative informed Blakkpepper “I was led to Ghana by the ancestors.”
His granny gave him the Charmer name because she reckoned she was charming and added Ras to the “natural charmer.”
With four albums under his belt including ‘Rastafarian Fulfillment’, ‘Feeling Great’ and ‘Hard Knocks’.
Managed by Empress Sonia whom he met while playing in Italy at a festival, Charmer says he made the move after his former manager wasn’t serving g his interest.
Together with Empress Sonia whom he married, they run the Zion Charm Music Label. Charmer has earned nominations and won some awards in his native Jamaica and the United Kingdom.
Peckings in England, Sting Ray and Flavor McGregor are some of the producers he’s worked with.
For year 2020, Charmer desires to live in Africa and he’s already shooting videos in Ghana which he visited in Decembers last year and continues to reside in this month.
Ethiopia and South Africa are other African states he’s visited and plans to settle in one soon.
Burt he is also troubled about the long reach of neocolonial activities in the African states.
“In Europe and even in Africa, I have seen white supremacy affecting the people. Frances’s treatment of its former colonies is unacceptable. Ghana is 15 to 20 times richer than Jamaica. With the country’s gold, oil and other resources, the gap between the wealthy and poor is unacceptable.”
He continued: “The highest degree of education is to build systems reason why Marcus Garvey is held in high esteem.”
Ras Charmer has been named Nii Kojo by a local chief says as a leader and teacher he strives to make thriving music, generate wealth and give back to society.
He is already consuming Ghana’s Hiplife, Afrobeats and Reggae-Dancehall willing to do collaborations with local notables like Stonebwoy, Samini, Shatta Wale, Jupita, Epixode “to access each other’s market.”
According to Empress Sonia, Ghana is a second home. “Reminded me so much of Jamaica, the physical appearance of the people, some of the meals, the weather, roads and mountain,” she said.
“Ghanaians are very peaceful; I have been to other African countries where things can easily escalate,” Charmer noted at the Accra Mall meet.
Ras Chamer can be reached on Instagram: RasCharmer
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