|Birth name||Michael George Henry|
Born Michael George Henry in Kingston, Jamaica in 1943. In the 1960s he worked at Coxsone Dodd’s legendary Studio One as a session musician and released a number of singles. He was the first member of the Rastafari movement to have a reggae radio program in Jamaica ("The Lion of Judah Radio" program first aired in 1967). His band is called The Sons of Negus and are known for their drumming. He performed with Bob Marley at the One Love Peace Concert in Jamaica in 1978. In addition to acting as an evangelist, ambassador and diplomat for the Ethiopian Orthodox Tawahido Church internationally, Ras Michael is one of the founders and president of the Rastafarian International/Marcus Garvey Culture Center in Los Angeles, and the Fly Away Culture Center in Kingston, Jamaica. Currently he lives in California.
Recently Ras was seen performing at the Calgary Spoken Word Festival on April 4, 2009 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with the Canadian Son's of Negus. [Bambalamb], Ras Michael's long time friend and nyabinghi student assisted in securing Ras a spot in the [Calgary Spoken Word Festival] headed by [Sheri-D]. Ras played for 3 hours in the Chinese Multicultural Centre to an intimate crowd.
One of Ras Michael's latest projects is supporting the "Reggae4Africa" Festival which will be held in Essouira, Morroco in October. Ras Michael attended the press conference in Morroco to launch the festival. Here is the press release:
"Reggae 4 Africa announces a Benefit Festival in Essaouira, Morocco starting on Friday 26 October 2007 playing for three days.
Confirmed acts are Buju Banton, Boom Shaka, Rocky Dawuni, Junior Ried, Barrington Levy, Hassan Hakmoun, Elan, Sister Elqn, and Ras Micheal
Other artists to be announced and the festival will be compared by Sinead O'Connor, Erika Badu and Lauren Hill"