Reggae Ambassadors

Phnom Penh Underground

Reggae Ambassadors

  • Date: 28 - Nov - 2014
  • Time: 20:00
  • Style:Reggae
  • Venue: Slur Bar
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YATRA Production , WAT A GWAAN & Slur Bar presents ”REGGAE AMBASSADORS” , a night of Reggae & Dub music featuring :

RAS MUHAMAD ( Singer / Jakarta / Indonesia )

DAKTA DUB from ” MONKEY RADIO INDIA’ ‘( Dj / Selecta / Hyderabad/ India )

PAPA DUB ( Live Dub & Percussion / Phnom Penh / Cambodia / France )

WAT A GWAAN ( Reggae Sound System / Phnom Penh/ Cambodia )

**** RAS MUHAMAD ( Jakarta / Indonesia, For the 1st Time in Cambodia ! ) ****
Indonesian-born and raised, educated in New York City for over a decade-long, Ras Muhamad born as Muhamad Egar aspires to re-introduce Indonesia on a global scale, to put back “on the map” specifically in music, arts and talents that Indonesia has to offer to the world. With a career that spans a little over a decade ago; as of July 2014, Ras Muhamad steps into the international scene with a brand new album, his fifth studio album entitled “Salam” produced by Germany’s Oneness Records.

Ras Muhamad believes that through the power of music especially Reggae, people can share and learn of each other’s cultures through the message. To find similarities and common ground, setting aside petty differences and finally celebrating life and all its dynamics through music. Such as the core and heart of Reggae, it’s a universal expression and a message of love.

Even though hailing from a predominantly Muslim country, Indonesia has a vast diversity that prides in a rich multi-cultural, plural faiths, moderate, progressive and multi-ethnic backgrounds. Such as the National creed of Indonesia “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika” meaning “Unity in Diversity”, Ras Muhamad as an Indonesian reflects his nation and upbringing through personal expression and song. Evident in his countless of tunes where he effortlessly is capable of switching diverse lyrical deliveries from English, Jamaican Patois and Bahasa Indonesia the Indonesian language.

Ras Muhamad musical influences other than Reggae, Ska, Dancehall and Rocksteady ranges widely from Hip-Hop, Indonesian traditional and pop music, Jazz, Metal and World Music. Besides Bob Marley, his Reggae “heroes” are Lee Perry, Peter Tosh, Augustus Pablo, King Tubby, Sizzla, Garnett Silk Gregory Isaacs and a very long-list of others. Lyrically, he draws many inspirations also from Hip-Hop icons such Rakim, KRS-One, Nas and Wu-Tang. If a listener would have listen closely to any of Ras Muhamad’s tune his rhyme structure has subtle undertones and akin to a Hip-Hop lyricist. As he once stated that the first artists he heard when he reached New York as a child in the mid-90’s were Buju Banton, Wu-Tang, Shabba Ranks and the Fugees. To simply put his vocal and lyrical style is that of a HipHop emcee molded by the spirit and energy of Sizzla Kalonji and Garnett Silk.

Not just active in the Reggae Culture, Ras Muhamad challenges himself to collaborate with other genres in the Indonesian music industry. To express himself as an artist and give the “Reggae breath” to other forms of music is challenging to an ever-growing and evolving artist. Predictability, clichés and being generic is not in Ras Muhamad’s vocabulary as a form of expression. To give a short instance, he collaborated and recorded music with Indonesian Pop Icons such as Glenn Fredly , Tompi and Element. Indra Lesmana, a jazz legend in Indonesia also had experience in working with the Reggae Ambassador of Indonesia. Reknowned, Indonesian Punk Band Superglad also collaborated with him in 2013 for their album. Ras Muhamad doesn’t stop there, countless collaborations with his Reggae “brethren” in Indonesia can be heard. He even lent his voice to Malaysian artists such as the R&B crooner, Nadhira and the Rock band PopShuvit. And naturally obvious, he has recorded a handful of songs with HipHop artists such as the most popular rapper in Indonesia, Saykoji.

His first nationally distributed album “Reggae Ambassador” in 2007, heavily experimented with Dancehall riddims. Ras Muhamad wanted to show a underexposed aspect of Reggae culture to South East Asia, the Dancehall culture. Ras Muhamad was the first of its kinda in SouthEast Asia, exposing the music industry to Dancehall Reggae music. In 2009, releasing his 2nd album “Next Chapter”; he continued on his duties as the Reggae Ambassador by collaborating with Norway’s Admiral P, Kenya’s KaSimba and the Malaysian-based Senegalese King Lhota. Musically, the direction of the “Next Chapter” album was inspired by Sizzla’s “Praise Ye Jah” and “Black Woman and Child” album and the “digital Roots Reggae” productions of Bobby Digital.

In 2012, Ras Muhamad saw the release of his 3rd studio album “Berjaya” where most of his lyrics are in Bahasa Indonesia. 2013 was the year when he became the first Reggae musician to ever written and published a book, “Negeri Pelangi” or Rainbow Country. His book became a national best-seller.
Not just a performing and recording artist and also a writer. Ras Muhamad is a radio announcer and radio-program producer in one of Jakarta’s most popular radio station, Mustang88fm. “JamaicanSound” airs live every week, the Reggae Ambassador plays, updates, shares news, culture and historic values with his numerous amount of fans. He deems it as a responsibility like the duties of Mutabaruka and Sir Rodigan broadcasting of Reggae culture.
“ Said I’m rising out of the east. I represent for my people…Indonesia!” – Salam, Ras Muhamad

Prolific recording and performing artist, bi-lingual lyricist, published book author, radio host & producer. The self-proclaimed Reggae Ambassador of Indonesia, Ras Muhamad has relentlessly and ceaselessly spread the message of Reggae from the aspects of culture and history throughout Indonesia and to the likes of South East Asian regions.

****DAKTA DUB ( Hyderabad / India ) ****
Bala Subramanyam aka @Dakta Dub is a dj/radio presenter with loads of experience behind him dedicated to music. His DJ career started in 2004 when he first visited Budapest, Hungary for a professional diploma course, but destiny leaded him to Tilos Radio, the biggest underground radio station of Budapest. At Tilos Radio Dakta had an opportunity to learn DJ-ing and mixing several types of music such as world fusion, dub, reggae, drum n bass, dub- step , chill out, global Indian, jazz and various influences. His weekly radio show “Indian Lights” became the most popular among different programs. During his stay in Budapest he also appeared as a guest DJ on Tilos Radio’s other programs. From 2006 started hosting Saturday evening Indian music show on Radio C Fm 88.8, Budapest, a gypsy radio station. Dakta played at several club parties and festivals: No man’s land festival, Hungary, Hanna Hanna festival Slovakia, RWTH University fest, Germany. Tilos Radio World Music Party series with fellow program makers on Radio.

Returned to Hyderabad, India in 2008. Now spreading underground music vibes to Indian massive. Working on making a non-commercial, independent radio station and monthly dance nights BASS SANSKRITI www.basssanskriti.ciom

**** PAPA DUB ****
@Sebastien Adnot (Fr) , well known Bassist, guitarist producer and sound activist ( Dub Addiction, Jahzad, Sysé Swing, I6, and ”Le Hot Club de Phnom Penh.” ) and the legendary and newly arrived Percussionist ” @Kcm Nayabinghi Khmer ” ( From the former french ”Band Sons of Gaia” ) are becoming PAPA DUB : a unique and subtle mix of Live Dub ( original productions ) , Video projections ( in collaboration with @ASIA MOTION ‘s Photograph ( ) and Traditional Rasta percussions ( Nyabinghi ) ! Come enjoy the Roots vibration…Khmer Style !

**** WAT A GWAAN ****
WAT A GWAAN is representing the ”International Sound system culture” in Cambodia since January 14 , by organising & promoting events, bringing international artists in the area, and of course by playing Reggae Music and underground Bass music across the Kingdom’s Nights! Oldies, Roots, Ska, Rockers, Rub a Dub to modern Digital Reggae & Dancehall and even some more Heavy Dubstep to drum n Bass ( Wat a Gwaan Urban Bass ”)
– ” SIR ALAN RITCHIE ” ( England/ DJ : Roots, New roots, Dub , Old school Drum n Bass and Much More! )
The Well Known in Phnom Penh Essex DJ isn’ t only one of the best Techno DJ around but also one of the finest Roots Specialist …whom Skills aren’t to be proved anymore when it s about making the people dance!
– DJ BREE ( Scotland / DJ : New Roots , Dancehall, HipHop, Digital, Dubstep, Grime , Bassline and Much More! )
The Scottish Turntablist is also a reggae Specialist ! bringing his touch of HipHop mixing technics and adding just enough of scratches and PassPass beetween some fast and Perfect Jugglings ! Pull up !
– POLAAK aka TAKTIKTEKNIKZ ( Hungary / Producer / DJ : Roots, Digital, Stepper, HipHop, DnB and Much More! )
” I m producer not a DJ ” , Polaak, The Dub Specialist , mixes and produces Stepper, HipHop to Drum n Bass , founding Member of the crew…This Night Will be his first gig in town after a couple of months in Europe…Madness Expected!
– KAZTET DEE ( France / MC / promoter / Selecta : Roots, New roots, Digital, Asian Reggae, Dubstep, Jungle and More ! )
Kaztet Dee is a French MC, founder of @R2G crew In France, sound activist for more than 10 years, founding member of the WAT A GWAAN Crew , mainly MC/Singer ,but as a fine connaisseur of the sound system culture he also plays as Selecta ! Animation MC, Raggamuffin, HipHop or Grime Flows, more than fast singing…the frenchy on The Mic is also the Man in the dark !


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Location : Slur Bar #28 St. 172, Phnom Penh

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