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Nasibu Mwanukuzi

Location: Oslo NO
Website: http://www.rasnas.kongoi.com


About RAS NAS Ras Nas aka Nasibu Mwanukuzi is singer-songwriter, poet, guitarist, percussionist and producer from Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. Nasibu started writing poetry at the age of 17 and experimented with various forms of African chanting and African drumming. He has studied Law at the University of Dar es salaam where he graduated with an L.L.B degree in 1984. While at the University of Dar-es-Salaam, Nasibu co-founded a powerful poetry and drama group "SAYARI" in Dar-es-salaam in 1980. In 1985 Nasibu moved to Oslo, Norway, to study Mass Communications at the University of Oslo, UIO. In 1989 he published his first collection of African poetry, "Double Focus", (Kongoi Productions). Together with Reginald T.Oliver (Papa Lion) and James Toney Jr he formed NASIBU and the DUAL VISION, a trio that performed Rhythmic Poetry coated with vibrant African chanting, harmonies and drumming. The trio changed name to "THE COLD FIRE" bringing in a Zimbabwean bassist, Clive Brown, and produced a music cassette during a tour in Germany. In 1990 Nasibu went solo and formed his own band under his artist name, RAS NAS. The band had a debut concert in July 1991, at a party to mark the 99th anniversary of His Imperial Majesty Haile Sellasie I. The party was organized by the Rastafari Cultural Foundation in Oslo. The year after, Ras Nas performed for Nelson Mandela. In 1997 he produced Ras Nas debut CD "Cut You Loose," (Kongoi Productions). Ras Nas' latest album "Dar-es-Salaam" has received rave reviews. One of the biggest Norwegian dailies, Dagsavisen, gave the album a 5 star review, a record in Norway in many ways! The album was released in July 2008 by Kongoi Productions Ras Nas tour dates - Norway 28th August - Oslo 23rd October - Kongsberg 24th October - Drammen 29th October - Fredrikstad 30th October - Arendal 31st October - Oslo 06th November - Trondheim Ras Nas Kongoi Production