Ras Midas joins Ital Kae about 20 minutes into the show.
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Performance Review by Peter Joachim, www.ReggaeStory.de, at Reggae Jam 2015, Bersenbruck, Germany.Photo: Pete Joachim.
Ras Midas joins Ital Kae about 60 minutes into the show.
Interview with Peter I, March 2004
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Click here to listen -interview begins at 50 minutes.
Quotes from the press...
Review of RASTAMAN IN EXILE by Peter Joachim
In 1980, Ras Midas' "Rastaman In Exile" became the reggae album of the year in France. It was one of the most important publications of his time. Now the album has been re-mixed and mastered and added with additional effects. The cover has also been reworked, Ras Midas made visible, the two billboards merged into one and the "commandments" extended from 9 to 11. The result is more impressive after 36 years than ever before. You do not have to be surprised when credits include musicians such as Horsemouth, Sly & Robbie, Dean Fraser, Gladstone Anderson, Dwight Pickney, Bongo Herman, Ansel Collins, Earl Lindo and many others (the list can be continued quite a bit). With Marcia Griffiths and Annesa Banks singing background, one also feels a little reminded of the sound of the I-Threes.
-Peter Joachim www.ReggaeStory.com/news
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Host: Daniel Frankston, "The Uprising" on IReggae.com
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Interview with Ruddy Campbell and Betty Luv. Click here to listen.
Interview with Michael Watson. Click here to read interview.
Links to interviews & reviews are below the posters!
"In 1980, Ras Midas' "Rastaman In Exile" became the reggae album of the year in France. It was one of the most important publications of his time. Now the album has been re-mixed and mastered and added with additional effects. The cover has also been reworked, Ras Midas made it recognizable, the two billboards merged into one and the "commandments" extended from 9 to 11. The result is more impressive after 36 years than ever before." - Peter Joachim, ReggaeStory.de
"Ras Midas is one of the most humble and gracious Reggae artists that have ever trod through Creation. His heartfelt and thought provoking songs have gained him an international audience since the 1970s." - Robert "Higherman" Heilman, Reggae-Vibes.com
"’Music is my only weapon, singing is my self-defense’ explains how wordsmith and singing economist Ras Midas makes it all seem so easy. Lyrics and music are brilliant and performances are superb.” - Papa Pilgrim, Dub Massive Magazine
“Ras Midas breathes fresh life into reggae music and he is doing it his own way. He makes you think. His music makes you dance. His lyrics give you hope and people go home feeling satisfied.” - Paula Scully, The Beacon
“As the late afternoon sun was beating down on the 30,000 music fans, the heat was turned up even more when Ras Midas began his sizzling set for pure skanking reggae music. Ras Midas finished second to none. His music got a hold on me ever since!” - Robert Ackerman, The International Reggae Magazine
“Ras Midas has turned his own brand of reggae music into pure gold. His voice is impeccably strong and he possesses great style and charisma.” - Sheila Sanchez, The Desert News
“Strong like a lion. It's been years since I have seen Ras Midas live but his wiry kinetic energy and uncharacteristic delivery have stuck with me.” - Chuck Foster, The Beat Magazine
“Ras Midas awakened the coliseum crowd with a truly great performance!" - Dagi P. Binggell, The Desert News
“Ras Midas regaled the crowd with positive, live energy and positive lyrics in the best show
I've ever seen.” - Joe Stohel, The Event
“Ras Midas is a veritable Gandhi. He has spent the last  years spreading the reggae message of equality and spiritualism.” - Peter Koht, The Metro
“Loving Vibration” is a great reggae album, and Ras Midas is an impressive artist with a vision.”
-Norm Dixon, Green Left Weekly (Issue 340)
"Ras Midas's fans all over the world will just love this album [Confirmation], and those who aren't familiar with the output of this artist should check it out for sure!” - Teacher & Mr. T., www.Reggae-Vibes.com
"Vocally, lyrically and musically this collection of roots reggae tunes has a real good quality level, what makes Fire Up a solid album throughout. With Fire Up, Ras Midas once again proves that he's one of the veteran roots reggae singers to keep an eye and ear on.”
- Teacher & Mr. T., www.Reggae-Vibes.com
'The Touch' - A Review of "Fire Up" by Ras Midas. Reviewed by Achis’ Reggae Blogspot
Click here to listen to interview; interview begins at about 12 min
LISTEN: Interview about 60 minutes in...
Listen to the interview; Ras Midas joins Ras Nik about 30 minutes into the show.
Click here to listen to interview; Ras Midas joins Naffi-I about 60 minutes into the show.
Click here to listen to interview. Ras Midas joins BigBod about 60 minutes into the show.
From Haji Mike...
“I was once doing a gig in Santa Cruz, California, as part of The Power of Words Tour. It must have been 2007. The venue was huge, it was a weekday, and the event was badly promoted; the performance of the Dub Poet from the Mediterranean island of Cyprus (me) resulted in a handful of people passing through. It was one of those ‘many are called and (apparently) few are chosen’ nights.
After sound check a humble Rasta who had been waiting at the back of the room stepped forward to introduce himself by simply saying, ‘Greetings. I am Ras Midas’ - and everything seemed to fit perfectly, no matter the attendance - or lack of. Many things happen for a reason.
As a youth living in England, I had been hearing and listening to Ras Midas’s tunes from the 1980s. His name kept coming up, time and time again. And all these years later, this Roots Warrior, Ras Midas, has continued to stand firm, right into this age of mediocre auto-tuned soulless products that just pile up, one on the other, in their sameness and shallow content.
Ras Midas has remained consistent. He makes music that is fundamentally timeless. What he sang about in the 1980s is just as relevant to the messed up world we are living in today as it was to the messed up world back then. Ras Midas is relentless; he has never deviated from the path of solid Roots Rasta Reggae Music. No dilution. No gimmicks. No ‘let’s try a dip in the mainstream and try a pop song.’ Just Roots.
Ras Midas is a humble spirit who will sit down and reason with any one, and that’s important. He listens, shares experiences and ideas, and as a seasoned artist, everyone has a lot to learn from him about music, culture, history and the world.
Big up Mi Bredren Ras Midas, every time the tireless Roots Warrior!”
-Haji Mike, www.HajiMike.com, Cypress 28 July 2016
Interview with Robert "Higherman" Heilman for www.Reggae-Vibes.com, January 2013.
JahMon Selector with Ras Midas on Roots And Culture Show, July 9, 2015
Photo of Haji Mike © 2016 Ian Moss