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    Press release: Ras Nas new CD: Dar-Es-Salaam. 3rd November! www.rasnas.kongoi.com With the emergence of Tanzanian artist, Ras Nas aka Nasibu Mwanukuzi, on the
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      Press release:
      Ras Nas new CD: Dar-Es-Salaam. 3rd November!
      www.rasnas.kongoi.com

      With the emergence of Tanzanian artist, Ras Nas aka Nasibu Mwanukuzi,
      on the East African music scene, there is no doubt that the region's
      musical terrain will never be the same. His long awaited CD "Dar-Es-
      Salaam", due to be released on 3rd November this year, is a follow-up
      to the debut, "Cut You Loose", and reflects a remarkable and
      qualitative change in Ras Nas' music. While "Cut You Loose" was
      mostly experimental, with "Dar-Es-Salaam", Ras Nas appears to reach
      maturity and achieve a distinct identity both as studio and concert
      artist.

      The nine tracks in "Dar-Es-Salaam" are all unique as well as
      individual potential hits. The title track "Dar-Es-Salaam" is a song
      that starts with a cool rhumba ballad and shifts to hot irresistible
      seben. It is a revisit to the classic sounds of East and Central
      Africa, but wrapped in the contemporary mood of the day. On the dance
      floor the song has proven to be captivating both to the old and the
      young. The song is a tribute to the city of Dar-Es-Salaam and its
      magnificent beauty. It is in this city that Ras Nas molded his
      interest in music and poetry. Other songs include Guantanamo, Zakina,
      Revelation Times, Dance Rhumba, Sina Makosa (a version of the mighty
      Simba wa Nyika), Sweet Rhythms, River Nile and Aisha. The lyrics for
      Sweet Rhythms and River Nile are taken from Nasibu's collection of
      poetry "Double Focus".

      Reviewing Ras Nas ' live radio concert, spring 2007, veteran music
      journalist with the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, NRK, Arne
      Berg, put it in this way; "It was a memorable experience. From heavy
      dub poetry to exhilarating soukous – rarely has the public in Studio
      19 shaken their bodies so thoroughly and seldom have we experienced
      such a sweaty, happy and smiling audience go home after a show!"

      The nine tracks in "Dar-Es-Salaam" are all unique as well as
      individual potential hits. The title track "Dar-Es-Salaam" is a song
      that starts with a cool rhumba ballad and shifts to hot irresistible
      seben. It is a revisit to the classic sounds of East and Central
      Africa, but wrapped in the contemporary mood of the day. On the dance
      floor the song has proven to be captivating both to the old and the
      young. The song is a tribute to the city of Dar-Es-Salaam and its
      magnificent beauty. It is in this city that Ras Nas molded his
      interest in music and poetry. Other songs include Guantanamo, Zakina,
      Revelation Times, Dance Rhumba, Sina Makosa (a version of the mighty
      Simba wa Nyika), Sweet Rhythms, River Nile and Aisha. The lyrics for
      Sweet Rhythms and River Nile are taken from Nasibu's collection of
      poetry "Double Focus".

      In "Dar-Es-Salaam" CD, Ras Nas has worked with a number of highly
      talented artists from nine different countries, a total of 24 of
      them, among them two renown arits from Dar-Es-Salaam; bassist Keppy
      Kiombile and guitarist Norman Bikaka.

      Ras Nas writes, recites and sings in English and Swahili, the latter
      being the lingua franca of Africa. In other words, as an artist of
      sheer originality, he is laying down footsteps for others to follow.
      This is fresh and welcome news from a region that has hardly produced
      an artist of international caliber for the past two decades.

      Ras Nas' debut concert was in 1992 in Oslo, at the celebration to
      mark the 99th Anniversary of His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I.
      In the Zodiac sign this was an event in itself. Since then, Ras Nas
      has performed for Nelson Mandela, shared the stage with Bob Dylan,
      Van Morrison, and Lou Reed at the Norwegian Wood Festival, among
      others.

      After all is said and done, the year 2007 finds Ras Nas in a high
      gear. In spring, Ras Nas was Artist of the Week at the Norwegian
      state radio after spending most of autumn/winter in InnerCity Studio
      in Oslo, working on "Dar-Es-Salaam". In August Ras Nas played at Oslo
      Mela Festival and in November he is one of the artists at this year's
      Oslo World Music Festival.
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