Blakk Rasta was born on a full moon of Monday, 2nd September 1974, at 19hrs.20mins and weighed 5.5lbs 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 ‘Afreekaswit’, 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 ‘ KuntaKinte’ released in February 2005 on the ‘Ganja Minister’ album (Blakk Rasta’s third album). Ras coz, Moffet, Sista B, SistaLahnah, Suniel and Reggae/Dancehall great, MackaB all featured on this album.He has shared international stages with artistes such as Busy Signal,Kiprich, RasKimono,ElephantMan,Capleton,Mutabaruka,Rita,Damian,Stephen and Kymani Marley amongst others.
Blakk Rasta is currently Ghana’s number one Reggae star. His greatest assets are his humility, consciousness and boldness.
Beside music, writing and traveling, Blakk Rasta is a Reggae radio DJ and host in Accra, Ghana and, adjudged the best Reggae DJ in Ghana. He is also a lecturer of Afrikana Studies, African History and World Religions having lectured in such universities as Central Missouri and North Carolina, Asheville both in the United States of America.
He is a vegan – 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 is currently introducing a new reggae sound and innovation known as KUCHOKO which he innovated after a long period of research. KUCHOKO is basically, reggae music imbibed with indigenous African dances, sounds and instrumentssuch as the xylophone,talking drum(dondo),kette,flutes,animalsounds,junglesounds,market sounds etc. It is accompanied with indigenous African dance fusions and styles. KUCHOKO borrows its name from the sounds of the guitar and keyboard vamps of indigenous Reggae.
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
Blakk Rasta holds a Bsc degree in Land Economy and a Master’s degree in Oil & Gas Management from The Coventry University, soon to start a PhD in Environmental Sciences.
Blakk Rasta was born to a teacher/businessman father Samuel Abu AwuduKumburwah and a teacher mother, AdelineFuseina Adam in Tamale. He has four siblings, none of who is into music.
In 2009 Blakk Rasta's Barack Obama song brought the American President to Ghana for his first 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 2011 saw Blakk Rasta being voted and confirmed again as the Reggae radio show host of the year by the Ghana Radio and TV awards.He has won other awards such as THE BASSREGGAE/DANCEHALL AWARDS in July,2013. He was voted the best performer in 2015 at FIM FIERA WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL in Genova, Italy. His band, THE HERBALIST BAND came tops as the best band in the same event.
His album, a 16- track killer-album called BORN DREADhas already received international acclaim and rave reviews with such singles as KUNKUNDA, MISS RIGHT, KWAME NKRUMAH andothers.Anothersingle,Gaddafi,my hero hit the airwaves in January,2012 and has made strong waves around the world.
Another chart-breaker album,ANCESTRAL MOONSPLASH came out on July,20 2013.It marked the birth of Blakk Rasta’s new African KUCHOKO reggae innovation. This album earned Blakk Rasta a distribution deal with World Reggae giant, VP Records on which label KUCHOKO REVOLUTION(Blakk Rasta’s 8thstudio album) was released to great reviews as well.
In September 2017 Blakk Rasta released a hit single off his CONSCIOUSLY HOT album slated for a 2018 release called Kofi Annan Says. The single further sparked off the advocacy he started several years back regarding the legalisation and proper regulation of marijuana for industrial and pharmaceutical use arguing that several millions of dollars were sinking into the abyss as long as the herb remained illegal. He had the backing of UN former boss Kofi Annan, Narcotics Board former boss Akrasi Sarpong, Ghana Standards Authority acting boss, Prof. Alex Doodo et cetera.