RAS TARO

By 岡本尚生

RAS TARO

Ras Taro is a originally a trained classical guitarist who under his father’s tutelage has explored many musical genres and has performed many years as a live musician in different bands and ensembles.

​When Ras Taro first discovered reggae and dub, he describes the feeling as if he had been “struck by lightning”. He immediately fell deeply in love with the culture and the sound originally from Jamaica.

Now, Ras Taro is a reggae MC based in Manila. He often goes abroad to perform in countries such as Japan, Hong Kong (China), Vietnam, Cambodia,Thailand and had also toured in Europe with Red-I sound. He has won the annual ‘Bob Marley Song Writing Contest’ in Japan where he has also performed at several events.

Ras Taro has performed and collaborated with a long list of artists such as; Tippa Irie, RSD, Daddy Freedy, Brother Culture, Kode 9, DJ Shortkut, DJ Krush, DJ Baku, Kireek, Kuranaka 1945, Kojie(Mighty Crown), Part2style, Cian Fin, Asian Dub Foundation, Million Style, Mongus Hifi , Chali P and many more.

Ras Taro also works as an organizer of Ichiban Music Festival that is held twice a year in Manila. He can often be seen performing at prolific clubs in Manila including Black market and B-side’s "Irie Sunday". He is known for his ability to freestyle in a multitude of languages from Japanese, Spanish, English to Tagalog! Ras Taro is an MC who can truly make the crowd wind up their waist anyplace, anywhere, anytime! Since 2018 he released his first single on vinyl on Oto Records: ‘Natty Dread I Beat’ as a label co-founder and in Red I’s 2nd Album “For Sound Power”, he collaborated with the song “Moving”. 

Ras Taro live perfomance:

RED I and MC RAS TARO in Hong Kong International Reggae Fest 

RED I and MC RAS TARO in Hong Kong International Reggae Fest II

RED I and MC RAS TARO in Hong Kong International Reggae Fest III

RED I and MC RAS TARO at Jamaican Festival in Japan

RED I and MC RAS TARO at Jamaican Festival in Japan II

RED I and MC RAS TARO at Rockers Cafe in Okinawa 

RED I and MC RAS TARO at Rockers Cafe in Okinawa II

RED I and MC RAS TARO at Rockers Cafe in Okinawa III

RED I and MC RAS TARO at Rockers Cafe in Okinawa IV

"Natty Dread I Beat" Ras Taro, PAPA U-Gee, RED I at Shinjuku OPEN 

Natty Dread I Beat Live I 

Natty Dread I Beat Live II

Natty Dread I Beat Live III