Ras Haitrm

Ras Haitrm’s “Go and Tell the World”

Mozambique Meets Jamaica.

Ras Haitrm, reggae artist from Mozambique, launches his new album “Go and Tell the World” in Kingston, Jamaica, Tuesday, November 27 backed by the High Tonic Band. This album definitively represents the modernized blending of African and Jamaican cultures, musically and lyrically. Africans have embraced reggae music with a perfection that is indistinguishable from it’s birthplace of Jamaica. Musical themes are laced with piercing reminders of societal injustices and delivered passionately with the hope of a brighter future. The  desired state is one where oppression and universal unity is a new world order. African nations understand the challenges of poor economics, lack of educational opportunities and the need to attain a reasonable quality of life. She has been plundered and ravaged yet her heart is musically shared as a plea for a better and more humane world. Perhaps the Mother of Creation can become the healing of the nations. Ras Haitrm recognizes his role to represent the African spirit and to tell the story through Reggae music. It is time to “Go and Tell the World”.

I asked Ras Haitrm to share a few thoughts concerning his work as an African, meeting other Africans and integrating his talents with Jamaican singers and players.

Sista Irie: How did growing up in Mozambique and having the opportunity to travel and  interact with Africans in other countries impact your attitudes about slavery?

Ras Haitrm: Growing up in Mozambique and meeting Africans around the world has helped me understand that the history of slavery has badly affected all of our lives.  We must wake up the positivity within humans. We must identify these issues and  stop the things that need to stop, forgive what needs to be forgiven, repair the damage and move forward into a better future . It’s a global situation that’s not strictly racial, it’s economical.

Sista Irie: When meeting Africans across the diaspora what have you determined to be the similarities and disparities in the way they think about music, politics and society?

Ras Haitrm: We compose lyrics in many different ways and use different riddims but what I find in common is the need to see peace, love and harmony. The musicians want to see things falling in the right places politically and socially because these are common problems among us. There is a need and desire to see things right.

Sista Irie: You worked with the Firehouse Crew in Jamaica. What was that experience like and how does that shape your career as an African singer?

Ras Haitrm: Working with Fire House Crew was like going to school. Meeting George Miller was amazing since I used to see him and Sizzle only in a DVD (back in 2001). I never thought one day I would have the opportunity to meet George. It is a life blessing for me and career to work with all the musicians in the Fire House Crew. It was a dream team. Having this experience will make everything in the future better than before.