Ras Minimum taking Reggae to the maximum

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ras-minimum.jpgTalented musician, Ras Minimum, is heeding the persistent call to make that all-important quantum leap and take his career even further by entering centrestage as a conscious reggae singer with his debut EP and full-length album.

A member of the acclaimed Harmomy House Band, which is the official backing band of iconic reggae singer, Beres Hammond, Ras Minimum, whose real name is Errol Graham, is passionate about the music and the role that he is destined to play as an all-round ambassador of the genre. A percussion player whose dream is to take Reggae music to the four corners of the earth, Ras Minimum is continuing that mission by releasing his very first EP, which is entitled Hold Your Head Up High.

The seven-track EP is produced by EJ Records and is the debut project for the label. An enthusiastic Ras Minimum noted that after putting out a number of songs over the past couple of years, he finally feels that his career is moving forward on the right path. Although he has received favourable airplay with songs such as the 1989 single One Love Me Brother on Derrick Harriott's label and in successive years with the singles including Real Love, Mama Love, Strong Woman, Reggae Music Lives On and Every Woman is a Gift in 2014 on the GC One Drop Productions Label, this is Ras Minimum's first complete project.

"I have to give thanks to the people who have encouraged me over the years. Big up to Beres Hammond and the Harmony House crew, all the producers who I have worked with, EJ Records and my team which always gives me the vibes to make great music," the singing percussionist said.

The single which he is promoting, Hold Your Head Up High ,has been getting much love from radio in Jamaica and for that, Ras Minimum is grateful. He and his manager/producer, Charmaine Curtis, have been forging ahead, determined to ensure that the singer/song-writer/musician gets his well-deserved breakthrough in the music business.

The accompanying music video for Hold Your Head Up High has already been packaged and, as Ras Minimum recalls, "the video shoot was amazing".

"This song is dedicated to all the hard working women who have to face the everyday struggles in life," he stated.

The EP is the fore-runner for the album, which is aptly entitled Reggae Music Nice Again. The 16-track album - 14 plus two bonus tracks - will be released in February of 2016.

Ras Minimum was born in Montego Bay, St. James where he spent most of his early childhood. He moved to Kingston at the age of 16 where he attended the Donald Quarry Secondary School and the Edna Manley School of Music.

His earlier years in the music industry were spent at the High Times Studio where he met two great men -- Mutabaruka and Earl "Chinna" Smith-- both of whom encouraged him to pursue and develop skills in playing percussion instruments.

It was while at the at High Times Studio his musical journey took an interesting turn when he joined the Lloyd Parks and We The People Band. Ras Minimum has played and toured the world with many legends including Jimmy Cliff, the late Dennis Brown, Sugar Minot, Beresford Hammond, Sizzla Kalonji, lni Kamoze, Queen lfrica and Richie Spice. Ras Minimum is currently a member of the Harmony House Band.