Blakk Rasta was born on a full moon of Monday, 2nd September 1974, at 19hrs.20mins and weighed 5.5 pounds in Tamale in the Northern part of Ghana, West Africa. He was born to devout Ahmadi-Moslem parents.
As a growing youth in the slums of Moshie-Zongo and Aboabo, Blakk Rasta (born ABUBAKAR AHMED), underwent a lot of injustice, favouritism and other social ills.
Education was number one on Blakk Rasta’s mind since his parents were both educationists. He grew up as a learned ghetto youth who was a real role model for other youths in the slums. He topped his class several times. Everyone in the slum saw Blakk Rasta as an extraordinary chap with over-endowed academic talent.
Music was the last thing to Blakk Rasta though he enjoyed listening to very popular slow music. The ghetto chap wrote several plays, directed and acted some of them. He writes novels too and won several writing competitions.
In 1990, Osman Habib Dollar, a ghetto youth told Blakk Rasta about a Nigerian Reggae superstar-Ras Kimono. Blakk Rasta was immediately captured by the lyrical presentation of the singer. He particularly wondered why people should fight black people and Rasta. All this was mentioned in the Ras Kimono music. Blakk Rasta wept over some of the lyrics and started asking about Rastafari and Black people. This research opened Blakk Rasta to several mind-blowing experiences, which led him to embrace Rasta, though still a Moslem.
Blakk Rasta met Ras Kimono in 1993, watched the artiste perform live and, for the extreme love for the artiste, Blakk Rasta formed a conscious youth club called ‘The Ras Theatre Group’ in Tamale, which acted plays, made movies and performed Ras Kimono’s music.
That was when Blakk Rasta started trying to write his own lyrics. The first one he wrote was ‘Keep on Rockin’ / I & I Rastas.
His first album, “Rasta shrine” came out in April 2000. It was a smash hit with singles like ‘Afreeka swit’, and “Keep on Rockin’ / I & I Rastas”
In 2002 July, ‘More Fyah’ was released and the single ‘ Congo Bongo’ was voted as the best reggae song of the year 2003 at the Ghana Music Awards.
Another award was won in 2009 called the National Award for Cultural Excellence (Ghana).
In February 2004, Blakk Rasta visited England where he teamed up with accomplished artistes to produce the hit single ‘ Kunta Kinte’ released in February 2005 on the ‘Ganja Minister’ album (Blakk Rasta’s third album). Ras coz, Moffart, Sista B, Sista Lahnah, Suniel and dancehall great, Macka B all featured on this album.
Blakk Rasta is currently Ghana’s number one Reggae star. His greatest assets are his humility, consciousness and fearlessness.
Beside music, writing and traveling, Blakk Rasta is a reggae DJ on HITZ 103.9 FM, Accra, and judged as the best Reggae radio DJ in Africa.
He is a vegetarian – no meat, fish, eggs, white sugar, flour, salt and anything animal.
Blakk Rasta does Reggae music pouring out conscious lyrics about Blackness, Rasta and spiritual love. Sometimes the music has some Jamaican influences and touches. The music is done in English, Jamaican Patois and some African languages. Live instruments are used in recording Blakk Rasta’s Reggae. Harmonies are never compromised. Blakk Rasta loves female harmonies backed by powerful harmonies from the horn family. Roots reggae is the backbone of Blakk Rasta’s music though a few dancehall vibes and toasts come flinging in. Dub poetry is another aspect of his music. People who will not enjoy Blakk Rasta’s music are those who hate Black consciousness and social justice.
Blakk Rasta, alongside legendary sound engineer/producer Zapp Mallet, has currently introduced a new reggae sound and innovation known as MOONSPLASH REGGAE which they innovated after a long period of research. MOONSPLASH is basically, reggae music imbibed with indigenous African instruments and sounds such as the xylophone, talking drum (dondo) , kette, flutes, animal sounds, jungle sounds, market sounds etc. It is accompanied with indigenous African dance fusions and styles. MOONSPLASH borrows its name from the rich African full moon which serves both as a guiding light and inspiration to gather, sing and tell stories and dance in indigenous Africa.
Education has always been a priority in Blakk Rasta’s upbringing. He attended the following schools:
- Ahmadiyya Primary School (Tamale, Ghana) 1979 -1985
- Zogbeli Junior Secondary School (Tamale, Ghana) 1985 – 1988
- Tamale Secondary School (Tamale, Ghana) 1988 – 1989
- T.I. Ahmadiyya Secondary School (Kumasi, Ghana) 1989 – 1995
- Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (Kumasi, Ghana) 1997 – 2001
Blakk Rasta holds a Bsc degree in Land Economy, soon to start a course in Law.
Blakk Rasta was born to a teacher/businessman father Samuel Abu Awudu Kumburwah and a teacher mother, Adeline Fuseina Adam in Tamale. He has four siblings, none of who is into professional music.
In 2009 Blakk Rasta’s Barack Obama song brought the American President to Ghana for his first official visit of that part of Africa. He met with Blakk Rasta and they exchanged pleasantries over dinner. Blakk Rasta’s Barack Obama song was the only song endorsed by the President during and after his campaign. This was the first ever song for Barack Obama the world over (first released November 2007).
July 2013 saw Blakk Rasta being voted and confirmed, thrice in a row, as the Reggae radio show host of the year by the Ghana Radio And TV awards.
His album is a 16 track killer album called BORN DREAD received international acclaim and rave reviews with such singles as KUNKUNDA,MISS RIGHT,KWAME NKRUMAH and others. Another single, Gaddafi, my hero hit the airwaves in January,2012 and it is already making waves tremendously.
ANCESTRAL MOONSPLASH is the latest from the artiste in his new Moonsplash Reggae sound invention. It is an 18 track cracker has picked up the highest nominations at Ghana’s BASS AWARDS 2014. Singles like IYAWATA, OUR AFRICA,SAKINA, OGONI REBELLION(Ken Saro Wiwa), to mention only a few, are already the toasts of fans. The album has attracted a lot of promoters from around the world to put Blakk Rasta on stage at festivals and world concerts where he never fails to deliver.