The Star (Jamaica)

Ras Zukes gears up for busy summer


Singjay Ras Zukes is hoping for summer success with a clutch of new songs. According to the South Florida-based artiste, they are a sign of bigger things to come.

“For 2022, a whole heap a thing Ras Zukes a gwaan with. I’m working on an EP, a mixtape. Don’t have an exact [release] date right now, just promoting more songs so di people can get familiar with Ras Zukes so it can become a brand,” he said. Social Media Hype, Got to Know Yourself and Strive are some of his latest songs.

In March, the Trelawny-born Ras Zukes was one of the acts on ‘Forever Young: Tony Matterhorn’s Birthday Celebratio­ns’, which took place in Richmond, Virginia. He considers being part of an event highlighti­ng the popular sound system selector as a career boost.

“The vibe was very awesome, the setting was profession­al. Everybody booked for the event was there and the audience, to my knowledge, was very receptive,” he said.

Ras Zukes has done the rounds since his career started on Jamaica’s north coast circuit during the early 1990s. Once he graduated from that scene, he moved to Kingston for greater live music opportunit­ies and began recording in 2003.

The dreadlocke­d toaster has done songs for highprofil­e labels like Beres Hammond’s Harmony House and Tad’s Internatio­nal Record. Some of his recent recordings are for his Jah-Zhan-I Records label.

 ?? CONTRIBUTE­D ?? Ras Zukes (left) and Tony Matterhorn
CONTRIBUTE­D Ras Zukes (left) and Tony Matterhorn

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