Ras Kwame is a British musician, record producer, radio DJ and presenter. He started in the music industry as a club DJ playing hip-hop, R ‘n’ B and reggae in the early 1990s. He then moved on to promoting for Kiss100’s ground breaking Starlight Club night and the Mean Fiddler’s Subterranea Club, bringing over talent from the US and promoting local talent.
The Subterranea gigs saw Kwame take control of the turntables for artists such as Gang Starr, Public Enemy, Wu Tang Clan, London Posse and the Fugees. During that time, Ras also undertook remix work for Chanté Moore, George McCrae and The 49ers.
Kwame founded West London’s Sugar Shack record shop in 1993 and from 1994-2000 he had formed Baby Shack Recordings and his UK garage production outfit M-Dubs. As a garage producer, Kwame made several innovative underground club anthems for the flourishing UKG scene, such as ‘Over Here’ featuring Ritchie Dan, ‘Bump and Grind’ featuring Lady Saw and the underground smash ‘Body Killin’ by The Vincent Alvis Project.
Ras currently presents his new show ‘The Reggae Recipe’ on Sunday nights on Capital Xtra featuring the freshest dancehall and reggae with guest mixes and interviews. This strongly ties in with his Orange Hill Productions, which also focuses on dancehall and reggae infused sounds and has seen collaborations over the last 2 years with the likes of Busy Signal, Kano, Vybz Kartel, Fatman Scoop, RDX, Sneakbo, Stylo G, Cecile, Mr Lexx and many more.
Ras is currently working on a collaborative album with US based producer KickRaux where the pair experiment with dancehall and reggae meets hip-hop and afrobeat infused sounds, combining influences in electronic music with that of their Jamaican and Ghanaian heritage.
The debut single from their forthcoming album ‘Forward’ is out now and on heavy rotation globally as it brings together talent from 4 continents in the shape of Tyga, Doctor, Ayo Jay and Demarco,called ‘Feelin U’.
Ras Kwame has appearances at Festivals as diverse as Glastonbury, Outlook Fest, BoomTown Fest, SXSW, along with artist gigs such as Sean Paul Live (London Electric BallRoom Summer 2016), whilst continuing to do club nights globally (London, Ibiza, Majorca, Mediterranean Islands and Africa) playing an exclusive mix of reggae, dancehall afrobeats, hip-hop and grime, with plenty of self produced set content.