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Ras Karbi

Ras Karbi was born on the Island of Jamaica. He is the 21st and last child of his father and the 3rd and last of his mother. At the age of 17 while on a scholarship at The Jamaica School of Art, he started his first band, “The Now Generation”. After graduating, he was awarded scholarships by The Brooklyn Museum Art School in New York and later, by the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) where he studied sculpture and acting, while pursuing a degree in music at Brown University. At Brown he met and played bass with Jonas Gwangwa, Michael Carvin and Max Roach. He was introduced to Sun Ra by his music professor Robert Northern (Brother Ah) and he immediately joined the Sun Ra Arkestra. The 1978 Encyclopedia Britannica Year Book list Ras Karbi as “A leading composer and performer of Reggae music”. In 1983 his song “Jamaica, I’ll Never Leave You Again” won a landslide victory in The Jamaica National Song Contest. Winston Barnes (Jamaica Daily News) wrote: "..Ras Karbi is a force to reckon with". He has met, performed or recorded with many other prominent musicians including; The (original) Wailers, Sly and Robbie, Peter Tosh, Dean Frazer, Sun Ra, Brother Ah, Max Roach, John Gilmore, Michael Carvin, Ed Blackwell, Ron Burton, Melba Liston, Brother Ah, Michael Kayman, Jimmy Buffet, Dave Mason, Larry Mc Cray, Tim Curry, Keith Richards, The Jones Girls, Stevie Wonder, George Duke, Roberta Flack, Paul Mc Carthy, Mick Jagger, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Diana Ross, The Postmen and Jacqueline Kennedy. Ras Karbi has traveled extensively and has lived in Japan, Canada, Germany, Venezuela, Spain, The United States and Jamaica.


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