Until the arrival of the RasItes, UK reggae hadn’t witnessed the emergence of a young band of musician’s intent upon writing and playing their own material.
They entered the Sunsplash Selector competition held at the Hackney Empire in 1998 when Jahmel was fifteen and Otis only thirteen. They were the only live band on the competition and won the first place prize, which was a trip to Jamaica to perform on Reggae Sunsplash.
By the summer of 1999 they was signed to Jet star and working on various tracks. Jah Love, from the compilation Reality Calling Vol 1, was the first then High-grade took the peoples ears by a storm on a 7-inch release by Jet Star.
It was 2001 when the RasItes Band lit up the roots market with their debut album, Urban Regeneration.
After a hit duet with Jamaican superstar Luciano called Leaders, the group then embarked on a five week tour of Europe performing in their own right and backing fellow acts the Abyssinians, Mykal Rose of Black Uhuru and Warrior King. After playing at 2004 Rebel Salute in Jamaica, they stayed on the island to record tracks with master Saxophonist/Producer Dean Fraser and Bobby Digital.
Like that of various seventies legends, the RasItes music blends social realism with a joyful spirituality that international audiences are beginning to find irresistible, and this explosive, yet time-honored combination has generated some of the most exuberant displays off singing, dee-jaying and live musicianship the UK has seen in years.
RasItes Have contributed Musical Production and Song Writing Skills to many International/Reggae Artist Albums, Including a Duet with Dancehall Roots Veteran Macka B Called “When You Get It” on his “Word, Sound & Power “Album. Plus Artist like Luciano, Peter Huningale,
Ras Shiloh, Natty, Thriller U, Glen Washington to name a few.
The Live Music seen has Embraced RasItes with Open Arms. The RasItes band and the individual members are constantly being requested by Reggae music superstars.
RasItes Joined Grammy Award winning Reggae Super group “Black Uhuru”(Featuring original members “Ducky Simpson” & Mykal Rose”) on a 6-week tour around Europe and U.K. This was the start of another Long term relationship between the two groups, With The RasItes Performing in there own right and then Playing For Black Uhuru. Together they have traveled from London to New Caledonia, Kenya and all over Europe.
RasItes Released their second album called “SEX VIOLENCE & DRUGS”
RasItes Joined Jamaican Vocal group “The Mighty Diamonds” on a 3-week tour around the UK. The combination between the acts left every town Crying for more, so by public demand they returned with the same package. (Which turned into a Tribute to Gregory Isaacs Tour, as the Superstar and close friend passed away).
RasItes Teamed up With Grammy Nominated Artist “Andrew Tosh”(Son Of Peter Tosh) and Mykal Rose on a 5-week tour throughout Europe.
The popularity of RasItes is constantly growing and now they are highly respected in the World of Reggae.
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