Blakk Rasta was born on the Monday of 2nd September 1974 at approximately 19.20 hrs GMT in Tamale in the Northern part of Ghana, West Africa. He weighed 5.5 lbs at birth. 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 but remained focused on his calling to liberate the oppressed.
Education was number one on Blakk Rasta’s mind as 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 least to Blakk Rasta though he enjoyed listening to very popular, slow music. The ghetto chap wrote several plays for drama groups, directed and acted in some of them. He still writes and has won several writing competitions.
In 1990, Osman Habib Dollar, a ghetto youth introduced Blakk Rasta to the music of Nigerian Reggae superstar- Ras Kimono. Blakk Rasta was immediately captured by the lyrical presentation of the singer who mostly sang about discrimination and societal injustice. Blakk particularly wondered why people should fight and dehumanise black people and Rasta. He wept over some of the lyrics and started asking questions about Rastafari and Black people. This research opened Blakk Rasta to several mind-blowing experiences, which led him to embrace Rasta as a way of remaining SPIRITUAL and not RELIGIOUS, though then, still a practising Moslem.
Blakk Rasta met Ras Kimono in 1993, watched the artiste perform live and, for the immense love for the artiste, he formed a conscious youth club called ‘The Ras Theatre Group’ in his home, Tamale which acted plays, made movies and performed Ras Kimono’s music in schools.
This experience led Blakk Rasta into attempting to write his own lyrics. The first one he wrote was ‘Keep on Rockin’ / I & I Rastas which featured prominently on his first album, “Rasta shrine” released in April 2000 and produced by his university friend, Ras Teku (Now Pastor Lennox ). It was a smash hit with singles like ‘Afreeka swit’, 'Rasta Carry On' and 'Keep on Rockin’ / I & I Rastas.'
In July 2002, ‘More Fyah’ was released and, the single ‘Congo Bongo’ was voted as the best reggae song of the year 2003 by the Ghana music award.
In February 2004, Blakk Rasta visited England where he teamed up with accomplished artistes to make music which increased his exposure to the music world. He got the opportunity to record in very professional studios and, in February 2005, the ‘Ganja Minister’ album (Blakk Rasta’s third album) was released. It was poorly promoted and did not immediately make any serious waves. Ras Coz Tafari, Moffart, Sista B, Sista Lahnah, Suniel and Jamaican dancehall authority, Macka B all featured on this album. Since then Blakk Rasta has released many more smash-hit albums and singles such as Natty Bongo, Barack Obama, Naked Wire, Voice of the Afreekan Rebel, Born Dread et cetera.
November, 2007 saw Blakk Rasta recording a song for the then American presidential hopeful, Barack Obama. His prophecies in the song came true and candidate Obama became the first black president of Modern America. The president appreciated the contribution of the artiste who made his first ever song and went over to Ghana for a state visit where they had dinner together. Blakk Rasta has since met other world leaders such as Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister Granger of Guyana, Keith Christopher Rowley of Trinidad and Tobago, President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa, Ghanaian presidents Jerry John Rawlings, John Agyekum Kuffour, John Evans Atta Mills and John Mahama Dramani et cetera.
The artiste then veered into his his new creation of African Reggae which he initially called MOONSPLASH and then later renamed it KUCHOKO for want of a stronger African identity. Kuchoko, according to Blakk Rasta, is regular Jamaican Reggae music blended powerfully with indigenous African sounds and dances. The name Kuchoko is actually the sound of authentic roots Reggae.
Two albums have been recorded in this vein, Ancestral Moonsplash(2013) and Kuchoko Revolution( January, 2016). The Kuchoko project was strenuously researched into and packaged by legendary sound engineer and producer, Zapp Mallet, Auntie Korkor and her professor-of- music-husband on one side and, Blakk Rasta on the other, sponsored by the Goethe Institut, Accra. Blakk Rasta sings conscious lyrics about humanity, spirituality, Rasta and love. The music is done in English, Jamaican Patois and some African languages.
Live instruments are used in recording and performing Blakk Rasta’s Kuchoko. Harmonies are never compromised. He 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 all injected into the Kuchoko vibe.
Beside music, writing and travelling, Blakk Rasta is a reggae DJ on radio. He has worked on such radio stations as Goodnews Fm, Radio Savanna, Radio Progress, Contatto Radio, Skyy Power Fm and Hitz 103.9 FM in Accra, and adjudged the best Reggae DJ and show host of all time in Ghana, being the first one to blend radio with stage music and African history. He has won several awards in this feat.
In June 2015, Blakk Rasta became the first individual to be summoned before the Ghanaian parliament for advocating the decriminalisation and legalisation of ganja for industrial and pharmaceutical use and also, for claiming that 80% of the Ghanaian parliament smoked ganja. He apologised for the allegation and said he actually meant to say 80% used the herb and not smoked. He resigned from Hitz Fm 103.9 where he had been based for 8 years and won the radio station several top-notch awards saying the station betrayed him in parliament. The radio station never recovered from this shock resignation as more workers resigned in solidarity Blakk Rasta. Attempts to get him back there all failed though he insisted he would never say never to any situation. Blakk Rasta is busily touring the world spreading spirituality through evangelism, music and media.
Blakk Rasta has mesmerised and continues to wow several audiences with his energetic Kuchoko stage presence and conscious pan African vibes alongside his Herbalist Band. He is currently Ghana’s number one Reggae star. His greatest assets are his humility, consciousness, spirituality and lion-heartedness.
He is a vegan – no meat, fish, eggs, white sugar, flour, salt and anything animal. He does not smoke nor drink alcohol.
Education has always been a priority in Blakk Rasta’s upbringing. He attended the following schools:
1. Ahmadiyya Primary School
(Tamale, Ghana) 1979 -1985
2. Zogbeli Junior Secondary School
(Tamale, Ghana) 1985 - 1988
3. Tamale Secondary School
(Tamale, Ghana) 1988 - 1989
4. T.I. Ahmadiyya Secondary School
(Kumasi, Ghana) 1989 – 1995
5. Kwame Nkrumah University of
Science & Technology (Kumasi, Ghana) 1997 – 2001
6. Coventry University (UK)
Msc (Oil & Gas Management)
7. University of South Africa