Ras Caleb seeks reggae revolution

Shelly Guni

Award winning musician, Ras Caleb real name Caleb Tareka has set his sights on growing the Reggae genre in Zimbabwe, which he says has been moved under the Zimdancehall genre for too long.

Ras Caleb, hogged the limelight through his popular Tokwe Mukosi song in solidarity with the victims of the 2014 Tugwi Mukosi floods which left many Masvingo families homeless and displaced.

The Masvingo born, artiste says reggae music has been lying under the Zimdancehall tag, something which has stunted its growth locally.

He said it’s high time it stands on its own and reaches its full potential.

To date, Ras Caleb has released a number of reggae singles in an effort to make the genre grow.

“Reggae in Zimbabwe needs more coverage and also to be removed from under the Zimdancehall banner,” he told Review and Mail

“More artistes are also needed to grow the genre. More original content is also required. So far there’s Mannex, Cello Culture, G’natious plus many unknown artists that need elevation,” he said.

Speaking on the singles he has released so far this year, Ras Caleb said, “Ndiyambutsei is another prayer again to say lord be with me in my hustle.

“This song is called ‘Wenyama’ and it’s a close analysis of the behaviour or the human being.

“You can never put a person in a box because even a person close to you can betray you, do well for you but at the end of the day when you realise that people will always be people you never caught off guard when certain things happen.

“In touch with my spiritual side. This song was inspired by Psalm 1:2 and 3.

“I believe that music should help strengthen the community or listeners thus the reference.

“‘Zvikoro zvenhema’ is a song that addresses pessimists out there that may otherwise be suffering from ‘pull him down syndrome’. When they spread false news or criticise for the purpose of creating confusion they will be teaching lies. Hanzi ne vamwe ndakapera saka I’m just addressing them in this song”

He however bemoans lack of airplay on local radio stations. He believes more air play will also help in pushing their message.

“I know the fans love my works but I hatisati tasvika ma heights atikuda (We are yet to reach the height we want)

“I know if radio gives my music more airplay more and more people will grow to love it.”

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